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.
~ Canadian Medical Association (2008). 8th Annual National Report Card on Health Care
In any given year, one in five Canadians experiences a mental health or addiction problem. Mental illness affects people of all ages, educational and income levels, and cultures. Mental illnesses can be treated effectively.
~ Smetanin et al. (2011). The life and economic impact of major mental illnesses in Canada: 2011-2014
20% of Canadians will personally experience a mental illness in their lifetime. Approximately 8% of adults will experience major depression at some time in their lives. Anxiety disorders affect 5% of the household population, causing mild to severe impairment.
~ Fast Facts About Mental Illness : Canadian Mental Health Association (2014) : www.chma.ca