About the Session:
A cross-sectional survey investigated the characteristics and service needs of families with youth with mental health and/or addictions (MHA) issues across Ontario. We surveyed 860 caregivers and 259 identified caring for youth with MHA issues. This presentation will outline findings from this study including demographics and diagnoses, concerns of caregivers with respect to their youth, and perceived service barriers. The youth concerns most frequently reported included difficulties with academics (49.6%), outbursts of anger/rage (41.3%), and difficulty sleeping (40.6%). The most frequently reported youth diagnosis was Depression (30.1%), ADHD (27.8%), and Generalized Anxiety (21.2%). The most frequently reported barriers to accessing services were the youth’s motivation to participate in treatment (54.5%), the cost of services (42.9%), and the availability of appropriate service options (38.2%). Findings pertaining to satisfaction with prior services, service types accessed or sought, and perceptions of what could be helpful for finding appropriate services will also be explored.
Roula Markoulakis, PhD, is the Jeff Capel Research Fellow with the Family Navigation Project.
Samantha Chan, MSc, is a Research Assistant with the Family Navigation Project.
Staci Weingust, MSW, is the Administrative Director of the Family Navigation Project.
Kendyl Dobbin, MHSc, is the Director of Strategy and Partnerships for the Family Navigation Project.
Anthony Levitt, MD, is the Chief of Brain Sciences at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the Medical Director of the Family Navigation Project.