New report on the costs of mental health

A new report suggests parents who miss work to help children suffering from anxiety cost the Ontario economy 421-million dollars a year.

The report, released yesterday by Children's Mental Health Ontario, looked at data collected in 2017.

That research showed that one in four parents in the province reported missing work to care for a child with anxiety issues.

The new analysis, conducted by researchers at the University of Toronto's Canadian Centre for Health Economics, takes that data and quantifies its cost to the province's economy.