Our Mental Health strategy is a roadmap that defines SickKids’ role and path forward in the dynamic and complex area of mental health care delivery. Aligned with our SickKids 2025 Strategic Plan, our Mental Health strategy will help us achieve unprecedented outcomes in child and youth mental health through collaborations, innovations and partnerships.
In paediatrics, the need for innovation in mental health care is compelling; one in five children have a mental health disorder, only one in six of those are able to access the mental health care they need, and up to 40 per cent of children with a concurrent physical condition also have a mental health challenge. Mental health challenges among children and youth are common, and lead to significant delays in the attainment of important adult milestones such as independent living, higher education and full-time employment. Mental health outcomes are heavily informed and impacted by psycho-social conditions including social determinants of health, health equity, inclusion and racism, inclusive of institutional racism.