The relationship between poverty and its associated risk for mental health issues in youth needs deeper attention because it “is both straightforward and complex in its pervasive reach” [2]. In Canada, 1 in 5 children live in poverty [1],
People for Education, 2013). Concurrently, over 1 million youth suffer from mental health issues in Canada and adolescent suicide rates are the third highest among the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries, with suicide as the second leading cause of death for those aged 15-24 [8]. The effects of mental health on education success and the intersection between poverty and mental health issues have been identified as barriers to the most vulnerable students in Canada and globally [6], [7], [11].

Published in: London International Conference on Education (LICE-2016)

  • Date of Conference: 14-17 November 2016
  • DOI: 10.2053/LICE.2016.0036
  • ISBN: 978-1-908320-76-6
  • Conference Location: Heathrow Windsor Marriott Hotel, UK