It is estimated that one in three Canadians will have a mental health problem at some point in their life
Mental health problem – It is estimated that one in three Canadians will have a mental health problem at some point in their life. Many Canadians do not realize the impact that poor mental health has on families, communities, health systems and the economy.
Mental health is as important as physical health to a person’s well-being, but understanding and awareness of mental illness is lagging far behind other health conditions such as cancer, diabetes or heart disease. In part, this is because the information available about mental health is fragmented but mostly it is because people do not want to talk about mental illness.
Mental Health Finance
According to survey data in 2010, close to one in five people have diagnosed mental disorders, both in Québec and in Canada. Anxiety disorders, (10%) depression (5%) and schizophrenia (1%) (ISQ, 2010).
An analysis of a 2002 population survey demonstrated that in Québec, as elsewhere in Canada, most people who have mental disorders do not consult health professionals. Given the lack of good information about mental illness and the unwillingness to talk about it, how can we begin to deal with this disease? How can we even begin to know the scope of the disease if so many do not seek help? Those who do get diagnosed with mental illness often do not follow the medical plan. They don’t believe it, they are angry about it and they resist any help or interference with their lives.
What we are hearing in the news these days is shocking and very scary. We deal with some families in our home care business that are struggling to cope with family members who have a mental illness. There is not much help out there and people are grasping trying to do what they can without the expertise to do so. Mental illness falls between the cracks when it comes to treating and paying for help. We have to do something about this!
Mental illness afflicts about 20% of Canadians, gets 7% of health funding
By The Canadian Press
Thu. Oct. 27, 2016
Mental illness afflicts some 6.7 million Canadians — roughly 20 per cent of the population — and costs the economy an estimated $51 billion each year. If our government does not see the need for a commitment to improving the care for those with mental illness because of the human catastrophes maybe they should be motivated by the economic impacts. I cringe to even write this. Where are our Canadian values?
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