Jason Novick, who was diagnosed with mental illness at five years old, writes about the importance of early treatment in an article on The Star. He makes bold statements such as “Almost all young people with cancer get treatment, while only 20 per cent with mental illness get the help they need,” which seems so valid I don’t know how I hadn’t thought about it sooner. Mental illness is so prevalent in our society and it needs to be treated as much as any cancer. Novick speaks about how making the transition from child to adult brings about numerous challenges for seeking help, since politics and paperwork get in the way. There needs to be a reinvention of policy and procedures for treating both adult, adolescent and teen mental illness.
Check out the article linked above to read Novick’s story.