Youth Mental Health - Infographic

Positive relationships play an important role in the mental health and well-being of youth. These include relationships with family and peers, and in schools and communities.

Persistent negative thoughts and feelings may be related to poor mental health and well-being.

In Grade 10:

  • 43% of girls and 22% of boys reported feeling sad or hopeless almost every day for two weeks or more in a row
  • 38% of girls and 24% of boys often wished they were someone else
  • 34% of girls and 25% of boys often felt lonely

Data are from the 2013/14 Health Behaviour in School-aged Children, a research study that aims to gain insight into youth health and well-being, and their social contexts.

Relationships matter!

We can all play a role in promoting youth mental health.

Read our report Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) in Canada: Focus on Relationships to learn more.

Visit and search for HBSC.

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