Investing in child and youth services would boost Canada's economy, Mental Health Commission says

(CP) - A new report from the Mental Health Commission says more money invested in child and youth services would boost Canada's economy and patient health.

The commission says more than 7.5-million Canadians face mental-health issues, with a price tag of 50-billion dollars a year, or nearly 14-hundred dollars a person.

It says children can start showing symptoms of common mental-health problems and illness as early as four years old.

It notes that 1.8-million seniors are also living with mental illness.

The report comes as a number of provinces, most notably Ontario and Quebec, are refusing to sign health-transfer funding agreements with Ottawa ahead of the federal budget, expected later this month.