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In 2013, the cost of mental health to the Canadian economy was estimated at $51 billion.
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.
Two-thirds of those living with mental illness or addiction don’t seek help because of the fear of stigma.
According to a 2015 CAMH survey, 81 per cent of people are more aware of mental health issues compared to five years ago.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Canadian youth lived with a mental health issue in 2016.
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.
Suicide rates are 5-7 times higher for indigenous youth.