Families and mental health officials say CTOs are a lifeline in desperate situations. But critics say they are dangerously prone to misuse, and jurisdictions across Canada are confronting questions about them.
In a study published this week in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, a research team found that among Ontario children and youth aged 10 to 24 with mental health issues, there was a 33 per cent jump in the number of emergency department visits between 2006 and 2011.
The industry's more realistic approach to such conditions is on abundant display this summer. At least half a dozen recent releases reflect nuanced characters, both real and fictional, facing mental illness.
Contrary to public perception and horrific cases that make headlines, serious mental problems are declining among the nation's youth, and there has been a big rise in how many are getting help, a new study finds.