Many sources support the idea that adopted children face a higher risk of mental health disorders. The Canadian Mental Health Association states that in any given year 1 in 5 Canadians will personally experience a mental health issue or disorder.
We know that trauma in the early formative years increases the risk of mental health problems.
Many children in care have experienced trauma to one degree or another. This fact should not be ignored, as a child has the right to the support they require in order to deal with that trauma.
Children and youth in care, which describes a majority of adopted children in Saskatchewan, are at a much higher risk of experiencing mental health issues and are at a much higher risk of suicide.
We must also recognize that adoptive parents need to look after their mental health needs as well as their children’s. Post Adoption Depression (similar to postpartum depression) is a mental health risk for new adoptive parents that should not be overlooked.
Those suffering from mental health issues require support. Support can come in many different forms and each person may require different support depending on their needs.
At the Adoption Support Centre we can provide informal support.
We will refer you to other community services if the help you require is out of our scope.
If you are experiencing an emergency please contact 911.