After Friday’s horrific shootings in Connecticut there are opinions floating all over the internet and radio regarding gun control, metal detectors, better regulations, etc.
I’m offering no opinion on the above, even with my being Canadian and living in a country with tight restraints on firearms.
Because my opinion doesn’t change what happened.
My heart is heavy and I’m swallowed with sadness.
I’m grieving for the parents and families who have lost their children and loved ones; who are left with few answers.
I’m angry along side them as the person who took their families away from them took his own life.
But while I’m furious and my heart is crushed I will leave you with this:
- It is estimated that 10-20% of Canadian youth are affected by a mental illness or disorder – the single most disabling group of disorders worldwide.
- The total number of 12-19 year olds in Canada at risk for developing depression is a staggering 3.2 million.
- Mental illness is increasingly threatening the lives of our children; with Canada’s youth suicide rate the third highest in the industrialized world.
- Suicide is among the leading causes of death in 15-24 year old Canadians, second only to accidents; 4,000 people die prematurely each year by suicide.
- Schizophrenia is youth’s greatest disabler as it strikes most often in the 16 to 30 year age group, affecting an estimated one person in 100.
- Surpassed only by injuries, mental disorders in youth are ranked as the second highest hospital care expenditure in Canada.
- In Canada, only 1 out of 5 children who need mental health services receives them.