Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 45, Issue 4, pp 300–306 | Cite as

Factors Associated with Use of Mental Health Services for Depressed and/or Suicidal Youth Aged 15–24

  • Amy Cheung
  • Carolyn Dewa
  • John Cairney
  • Scott Veldhuizen
  • Ayal Schaffer
Brief Report


Using data from a national survey, this study examined different factors and their association with mental health service use in youth aged 15–24 with depression and/or suicidality. Our sample consisted of 1,252 youth with depression and/or suicidality. In youth aged 15–18 years old, two factors influenced service use: (1) co-occurrence of depression and suicidality (OR 3.23, 95% CI 1.43, 7.32) and (2) chronic health condition (OR 2.44, 95% CI 1.22, 4.84). Several factors were associated with service use in youth aged 19–24 including gender (female) (OR 1.77, 95% CI 1.14, 2.76), and low income (OR 1.89, 95% CI 1.11, 3.23). The findings suggest differences in the factors associated with mental health service use between youth aged 15–18 and 19–24 with depression and/or suicidality.


Service use Mental health Depression Suicidality Adolescents 



This study was supported by the Ontario Mental Health Foundation and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Ontario. Dr. Cheung was supported by the RCT Mentoring Program, Canadian Institutes of Health Research and holds a new investigator fellowship from the Ontario Mental Health Foundation. Dr. Dewa holds a CIHR/PHAC Applied Public Health Chair. Dr. Schaffer holds a new investigator fellowship from the Ontario Mental Health Foundation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amy Cheung
    • 1
    • 4
  • Carolyn Dewa
    • 1
  • John Cairney
    • 2
  • Scott Veldhuizen
    • 1
  • Ayal Schaffer
    • 3
  1. 1.Health Systems Research and Consulting UnitCentre for Addiction and Mental HealthTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Departments of Psychiatry and Public Health ScienceUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  3. 3.Sunnybrook Health Sciences CentreTorontoCanada
  4. 4.TorontoCanada

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