A recent study found that youth between the ages of 16 and 24 have the most difficulty accessing mental health care and addiction services over any other age group in Canada. The study examined research from Manitoba, British Columbia, Ontario, and Alberta.
Analyn Einarson, the CEO of Eden Mental Health Care Services, said this study proves how necessary it is to invest in early mental health intervention.
"The age group between 16 to 25 years are referred to emerging adulthood. The study confirms that this is when emerging adults meet barriers in accessing support and services. So during this, what is considered the developmental period, it is important to have appropriate and proper care, because we want to see a positive influence on the person's mental health, as well as their well-being," she said.
Additionally, she said she would like to see the provincial government do more to address the mental issue in Canadian youth.
"We want to see more provincial work and promotion. We can do that better by partnering with other organizations and looking at the Manitoba government as they disperse [funding] toward mental health and addiction," said Einarson.
She added that Eden focuses on a recovery-oriented continuum of care that fosters resiliance, and works with individuals on their mental health journey and what is specific to them. Though Eden primarily works with adults, she said perhaps in the future they can reach out to younger people.