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Mental Wellness

The Facts

Some of these statistics are startling but we're hopeful we can make a difference and get help to those who need it.

If you're experiencing mental health issues and/or addiction — you are not alone. If you know someone who is, you can help.

  • $51 billion

    In 2013, the cost of mental health to the Canadian economy was estimated at $51 billion.

  • 500,000

    On any given week, it’s estimated that 500,000 Canadians are absent from work due to mental health issues including stress and mental health disorders.

  • 2/3

    Two-thirds of those living with mental illness or addiction don’t seek help because of the fear of stigma.

  • 81%

    According to a 2015 CAMH survey, 81 per cent of people are more aware of mental health issues compared to five years ago.

  • 4 in 10

    Four in 10 Canadians say they wouldn’t tell their boss if they had a mental health problem, according to a CAMH poll. However, if Canadians know about a colleague’s mental distress, responses to the poll show that he or she would offer to help.

  • 4,000

    Nearly 4,000 Canadians die by suicide each year – an average of almost 11 suicides a day. It affects people of all ages and backgrounds.

  • 1/3

    Of Canadians aged 15 or older who report having a mental health care need in the past year, one-third state that their needs were not fully met.

  • 20%

    One in five Canadians will personally experience a mental health illness in their lifetime, according to the Canadian Mental Health Association. It affects people of all ages, education, income levels and cultures.

  • 6 Months

    Wait times for counselling and therapy can be long, especially for children and youth. In Ontario, wait times of six months to one year are common.

  • 900,000

    900,000 Canadian youth lived with a mental health issue in 2016.

  • 70%

    70 per cent of all mental health illnesses start in childhood and adolescence. Early intervention helps to introduce coping strategies, awareness of triggers and other ways to manage mental well-being.

  • 5-7 x Higher

    Suicide rates are 5-7 times higher for indigenous youth.