Facts about mental health in Canada
1 CANADIAN IN 5
1 Canadian in 5 will personally experience a mental illness in their lifetime.
FIVE OUT OF TEN
Five out of the 10 leading causes of disability worldwide are mental disorders.
About 4,000 Canadians commit suicide each year. It represents 24% of all deaths among 15-24 year olds.
1 OUT OF 5 CHILDREN
In Canada, only 1 out of 5 children who need mental health services receives them.
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.
LESS THAN 4%
Less than 4% of medical research funding goes to mental illness research. Yet 20% of Canadians will experience a diagnosable mental illness in their life.
80% OF AFFECTED PEOPLE
Once depression is recognized, help can make a difference for 80% of people who are affected, allowing them to get back to their regular activities.
3.4 MILLION CANADIANS
3.4 million Canadians are affected by major depression (800,000 Quebecers).
2nd RANK IN 2020
By 2020, the World Health Organization estimates that depressive illnesses will become the second leading cause of disease burden worldwide and the leading cause in developed countries like Canada.
Mental illness indirectly affects all Canadians at some time through a family member, friend or colleague