From CTV News–New numbers from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) show that Manitoba saw a higher proportion of youth mental health hospitalized during the pandemic compared to the years before.
“Particularly during the pandemic, we got a lot of questions around how kids are doing, what does substance use look like, what does mental health look like,” said Tracy Johnson, CIHI’s director of health system analytics.
“The ways that we can do that at CIHI are by looking at emergency department visits…as well as looking at hospitalizations.”
The data, which was released on Thursday, shows that in 2019, a total of 7,487 children and youth were hospitalized for all types of conditions, while 1,281 Manitoba youth were hospitalized for mental health disorders.
Then in 2020 during the pandemic, 6,540 were hospitalized for all disorders, and 1,162 children and youth were hospitalized for mental health disorders.