Talking Mental Health While Living with Crohn's or Colitis

Patients and caregivers know living with Crohn’s or colitis is not easy. A recent Crohn's and Colitis Canada survey of 3,500 people living with or affected by Crohn’s or colitis found half of respondents identified mental health support and education as top priorities. 

Funded by Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, Dr. Sara Ahola Kohut at The Hospital for Sick Children is conducting a study to help address the psychological effects of IBD she sees among young people in her clinic. In a randomized control trial, she is studying whether her iPeer2Peer program – where young patients receive support from veteran ones through a series of Skype conversations – generates positive outcomes on quality of life, symptoms like anxiety and depression, and disease self-management skills. Learn more 

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  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 140 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.

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