Wednesday, September 5, 2018


FROM  THE  CITY   LIVE  IN   Keith Hunt

From the CALGARY SUN - WEDNESDAY  SEPT.  5 - 2018



By  Michelle  McQigge - the Canadian Press

TORONTO - Canad’s global reputation as a healthy place to raise children is belied by statistics showing strikingly high rates of suicide, child abuse and struggles with mental health, a new report suggested Tuesday.

Health markers covering everything from infant mortality to obesity and poverty rates pain a troubling picture of child welfare in Canada, according to the report compiled by Children First Canada and the O’Brien Institute for Public Health.

The study, which analyzes data from major research organizations …. said, all orders of Government need to do more to ensure that children benefit from the country’s overall wealth and prosperity.

“Whether we’re talking infant mortality or accidents or mental health concerns, all these statistics are deeply disturbing” said Sara Austin, lead director of Children First.

“Canada’s ranked the 5th most prosperous nation in the world, yet when it comes to the well-being  of children, we are far FAR BEHIND,” she said.

“ There’s a big disconnect between the well-being of our children and the well-being of our nation.”

Austin said this disconnect has been acknowledged in some international circles, pointing to a UNICEF ranking of 41 Organization of Economic Co-Operation and Development countries that placed Canada 25th on the list when assessing for children’s well-being.

The various research agencies included in the latest report have documented many troubling markers of kids health over the years, Austin said, with mental health emerging as an area of increasing urgency.

The report found the number of mental health related hospitalizations among people aged 5 to 24 had soared 66 percent over the last decade, while thew number of hospitalizations jumped 55 per cent over the same period……

Austin said kids are increasingly seeking help in hospitals due to lack of other options in their communities.

But the data shows that a growing number are ultimately resorting to suicide.

Austin said suicide is the second most common cause of death among children, adding that Canada’s child suicide rate is among the top 5 in the world.





Keith Hunt  

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