Interesting Canadian Mental Illness Stats

Fighting mental illness one nickel at a time.

20 per cent of Canadians will experience [mental illness] in their lifetime

Men are 2.6 times more likely meet the criteria for substance dependence, while women are 1.5 times more likely to meet the criteria for mood and anxiety disorders.

70 per cent of mental health problems have their onset during childhood or adolescence, and young people between the ages of 15 and 24 are most likely to report experiencing problems with mental health and substance abuse.

In Canada, [mental illness] is the No. 1 cause of disability, accounting for nearly 30 per cent of disability claims and 70 per cent of the total costs of disability. And each day, 500,000 Canadians are absent from work due to psychiatric problems. According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the total estimated cost of mental illness, in terms of health care and lost productivity, is $51 billion.

Despite the prevalence of mental illness, [mental illness] receives only 5.5 per cent of our health care dollars

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