Nazem Kadri: Toronto Maple Leafs star will be honoured by city council in his hometown, London, tonight

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London city council will tip its hat Tuesday to a former London Knights star who has used his foundation to raise more than $200,000 for mental health.

Nazem Kadri, now an emerging force for the Toronto Maple Leafs, began his foundation to support charitable endeavors in Canada, and a key focus has been mental health.

“The Nazem Kadri Foundation’s goal is to make a positive change by working in partnership with local Canadian organizations to raise awareness and funding to support causes,” the website for the Nazem Kadri Foundation states.

The organization highlights the many ways the Canadian Mental Health Association says mental illness affects people generally and youth in particular.

20% of Canadians will personally experience a mental illness in their lifetime.

Mental illness affects people of all ages, educational and income levels, and cultures.

Approximately 8% of adults will experience major depression at some time in their lives.

About 1% of Canadians will experience bipolar disorder (or “manic depression”).

Anxiety disorders affect 5% of the household population, causing mild to severe impairment.

Suicide accounts for 24% of all deaths among 15- to 24-year-olds and 16% among 25- to 44-year-olds.

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in both men and women from adolescence to middle age.

It is estimated that 10-20% of Canadian youth are affected by a mental illness or disorder – the single most disabling group of disorders worldwide.

Today, approximately 5% of male youth and 12% of female youth, age 12 to 19, have experienced a major depressive episode.

The total number of 12- to 19-year-olds in Canada at risk for developing depression is a staggering 3.2 million.

Once depression is recognized, help can make a difference for 80% of people who are affected, allowing them to get back to their regular activities.

Mental illness is increasingly threatening the lives of our children; with Canada’s youth suicide rate the third-highest in the industrialized world.

Suicide is among the leading causes of death in 15- to 24-year-old Canadians, second only to accidents; 4,000 people die prematurely each year by suicide.

Schizophrenia is youth’s greatest disabler as it strikes most often in the 16- to 30-year-old age group, affecting an estimated one person in 100.

Surpassed only by injuries, mental disorders in youth are ranked as the second-highest hospital care expenditure in Canada.

In Canada, only 1 out of 5 children who need mental health services receives them.

To contribute to Kadri’s foundation, go to

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