There is no health without mental health.
- 1 in 3 Canadians say they’re struggling with their mental health.
- 1 in 3 Canadians say that depression and anxiety are a major problem within their social circle
- 32 per cent of Canadian aged 18 – 34 say they need mental health care but can’t access it
- 3 in 10 Canadians say they or someone in their household had an appointment with a therapist, psychologist or psychiatrist in 2021
- 1 in 3 Canadians will be affected by mental illness in their lifetime
- Canadians’ perception of their overall mental health has decreased from 64% since 2020 to to 58% in early 2022
- 17 per cent of Canadians feel they need professional mental health care but can’t access it
- 40 per cent of Canadian aged 18 – 34 say they feel like they’re at a breaking point mentally
Our work helps to prevent the onset of mental health issues in the first place by prioritizing mental health promotion and mental illness prevention, treatment, and recovery. Mental health promotion and mental illness prevention programs and services remain significantly underfunded.
This is despite the knowledge that investments in these areas reduce the burden on the acute care system and therefore save healthcare dollars.
The work of community mental health organizations also includes addressing socioeconomic inequalities that can lead to mental health and addiction issues, including poverty, precarious housing, food insecurity, unemployment, and access to legal aid.
About Mental Illness Awareness Week: Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) is an annual national public education campaign designed to help open the eyes of Canadians to the reality of mental illness. The week was established by the Canadian Psychiatric Association, and is now coordinated by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) in cooperation with all its member organizations and many other supporters across Canada. This year’s theme for Mental Illness Awareness Week is There is no health without mental health.
Join the conversation this Mental Illness Awareness Week with the hashtag #MIAW22 on social media.