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Some Mental Health statistics:
- Mental health issues will indirectly (a family member; friend or colleague) affect all of us at some time.
- 1 in 5 Canadians (about the same in the US) will be directly affected by some form of mental illness. How many friends do you have? How many people work in your office? How many people in your extended family? Figure that number out and divide by 5.
- While mental health does not discriminate based on age, education, income levels or culture - these often help fuel the stigma of having a mental illness or worse seeking help to treat it.
- The Mental Health System spent an estimated over 4 billion dollars on care in 1998 (latest statistic).
- An additional over 6 Billion was spent on uninsured mental health services and time of work for depression and distress - not treated by the health care system.
Source: Canadian Mental Health Association.
Mental health has impacts on families as they try and care for and understand a family member with a mental health problem.
It has effects on work because of missed work, or reduced productivity because a person is unable or stigmatized from seeking treatment.
It has effects socially because we do not talk enough about mental health, and when someone has a struggle or problem
Some Poverty Statistics:
Across Canada, the poverty rate fell in five provinces between 1981 and 2010. In the half of the provinces, the poverty rate grew. At extreme ends of this trend, poverty rates in P.E.I. and New Brunswick dropped 9.0 and 5.9 percentage points between 1981 and 2010, while those of British Columbia and Ontario increased 4.8 and 3.7 percentage points, respectively.
Recent poverty figures reveal that Ontario's poverty rate in 2009 was 13.1 per cent, equalling 1,689,000 people. The child poverty rate is even higher - at 14.6 per cent, meaning that 393,000 children or 1 in every 7 children in Ontario lives in poverty.
Source: Statistics Canada
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