Canadian Mental Health Fact Sheet

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Canadian Mental Health Fact Sheet

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) has a Fact Sheet available on their website, explaining who is affected by mental health issues, how common it is and the impact it can have on youth, families and communities.  

These are some of the highlights: 

• In any given year, 1 in 5 people in Canada will personally experience a mental health problem or illness. 

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

• By age 40, about 50% of the population will have or have had a mental illness. 

• Suicide is among the leading causes of death in 15-24 year old Canadians, second only to accidents. 

• The mortality rate due to suicide among men is four times the rate among women. 

• Almost one half (49%) of those who feel they have suffered from depression or anxiety have never gone to see a doctor about this problem. 

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

• Stigma or discrimination attached to mental illnesses presents a serious barrier, not only to diagnosis and treatment but also to acceptance in the community. 

• Mental illnesses can be treated effectively. 

You can read the full list of facts on the CMHA's website or by clicking here

** For information on local support programs and resources you can turn to for help, consult the RRLIP Developed Emotional Wellness Brochure by clicking on the following link