What is COMIA?
COMIA stands for Children of Mental Illness and Abuse. We’re a not-for-profit group dedicated to providing support and resources to kids and teens experiencing pain caused by a loved one with mental illness.
What is Mental Illness?
Mental Illness comes in many forms, but simply put it’s a disorder that affects the mind. Mental illness is not a weakness, or something to be afraid of but many people do not know enough about it to understand it. About 20% of adults have a mental illness, with 8% resulting in major depression. Many of these adults are parents or caregivers, and their struggle affects those around them.
What Causes It?
Mental illness can be caused by genetic, personality, biological or environmental factors. Often people with this illness will become frustrated with their situation and try to place the blame on something or someone.
How Does It Affect Youth?
99% of Canadians have reported being affected directly or indirectly by mental illness in their lifetime – many of them are children. When a parent or guardian is suffering from an illness or disorder, it is difficult for a child to understand and often they blame themselves.
An estimated 10% – 20% of youth are diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder, with 5% of males and 12% of females who have experienced a major depressive episode. Only 1 out of 5 children who need mental services help receives it.
HOW CAN I HELP?
COMIA is dedicated to providing information, resources and conversation to help those in need. We have a strictly moderated forum for youth to discuss their experiences with people just like them. When push aside judgement and fear, only then can we improve.