How Much Mental Illness is in Canadian Society?

The Edmonton Journal, quoting the Canadian Mental Health Association, tells us the following.* (These statistics aren’t listed here to make anyone more depressed! Rather, they are to remind us all of the absolute woundedness of the world in which we live. If we are to bring people hope, we need some understanding of what it is that makes people so hopeless, overwhelmed or driven).

  • Mental illness indirectly affects all Canadians at some time, often through a family member, friend or colleague.
  • 20 per cent of Canadians will personally experience mental illness in their lifetime.
  • Approximately eight per cent of adults will experience major depression at some time in their lives.
  • About one per cent of people live with bipolar disorder, or manic depression.
  • Schizophrenia affects one per cent of the population.

If you add up those numbers, this means that ten per cent of the population struggles with a mental illness.

Where do you go when you need help? Find a counsellor.

*Bailey, Sue; Bronskill, Jim, Edmonton Journal, Sunday, January 28, 2007, pg E6

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