Anxiety affecting school attendance
At five years old, Shannon Nagy told her mother she wanted to die. In Grade 6, she missed almost the entire school year because more often than not, she couldn’t get out of bed.
Nagy, now 20, was diagnosed with anxiety, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and borderline personality disorder and was never able to finish high school. She spent most of her childhood immersed in a mental health care system that she said “did more harm than good.”
Her struggle to get help and the impact she says that struggle had on her education — she never graduated from high school — is a trend captured in a new survey commissioned by Children’s Mental Health Ontario, released Tuesday.
It found of the 18- to 34-year-olds surveyed across the province: 46 per cent had missed school due to issues related to anxiety, 40 per cent had sought mental health help and 42 per cent did not get the help they needed or are still waiting.
CMHO is asking the province to invest $125 million in community-based mental health centres, staffing and services for children and youth.