High rates of suicide, child abuse, infant mortality and mental health issues: Report

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A new report from Children First Canada and the O’Brien Institute for Public Health says high rates of suicide, child abuse, infant mortality and mental health hospitalization is worrying.

The report draws on data compiled by agencies such as Statistics Canada and the Canadian Institute for Health Information to examine child welfare in many categories.

It says Canada’s infant mortality rate is among the highest in developed countries because of territories like Nunavut, where rates are more than double than the national average.

The report says the number of people between five and 24 years old being hospitalized for mental health concerns has jumped 55 per cent over the past decade, with Ontario recording by far the highest rates.

It also says Canada is in the top five countries around the world for child suicide, which it lists as the second-most common cause of death in the country.

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Children with depression may display these symptoms:
• Depressed or irritable mood
• Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
• Change in grades, getting into trouble at school, or refusing to go to school
• Change in eating habits
• Feeling angry or irritable
• Mood swings
• Feeling worthless or restless
• Frequent sadness or crying
• Withdrawing from friends and activities
• Loss of energy
• Low self-esteem
• Thoughts of death or suicide

When symptoms last for a short period of time, it may be a passing case of “the blues.” But if they last for more than two weeks and interfere with regular daily activities and family and school life, your child may have a depressive disorder. -CINEWS

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