Mental Health Statistics

  • 1 in 5 Canadians will personally experience a mental illness in their lifetime.1
  • About 20% of people with a mental disorder have a co-occurring substance use problem.1
  • 70% of mental health problems have their onset during childhood or adolescence.1
  • Men have higher rates of addiction than women, while women have higher rates of mood and anxiety disorders.1
  • More than 75% of suicides involve men, but women attempt suicide 3 to 4 times more often.1
  • 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.2
  • Just 50% of Canadians would tell friends or co-workers that they have a family member with a mental illness, compared to 72% who would discuss a diagnosis of cancer and 68% who would talk about a family member having diabetes.1
  • Nearly half of Canadians (46%) think people use the term mental illness as an excuse for bad behaviour.1
  • While the majority (58%) say they would socialize with a friend who has a mental illness, the proportion who say they would socialize with a friend who has an alcohol (32%) or drug addiction (26%) is significantly lower – suggesting that the stigma of addiction is significantly greater than that associated with mental illness.3
  • The economic burden of mental illness in Canada is estimated at $51 billion per year. This includes health care costs, lost productivity, and reductions in health-related quality of life.1
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