The Facts

  • 70 per cent of mental health problems have their onset during childhood or adolescence (Government of Canada)

  • Young people aged 15 to 24 are more likely to experience mental illness and/or substance use disorders than any other age group (Statistics Canada)

  • After Accidents, suicide is the second leading cause of death for people aged 15 to 34 (Statistics Canada)

  • A growing body of international evidence demonstrates that promotion, prevent and early intervention initiatives show positives returns on investments (Mental Health Commission of Canada)

  • 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a form of mental illness at some point in their life (Canadian Institute of Health Research)

  • 2 in 3 people suffer in silence fearing judgement and rejection (Canadian Medical Association)

  • Suicide accounts for 28 per cent of all death among 15 to 19 year-olds (Canadian Mental Health Association)

  • Once depression is recognized, help can make a difference for 80 per cent of people who are affected, allowing them to get back to their regular activities (Canadian Mental Health Association)

  • Only 49 per cent of Canadians said they would socialize with a friend who has a serious mental illness (Canadian Medical Association)

  • 2 in 3 people suffer in silence fearing judgement and rejection (Canadian Medical Association)

  • 27 per cent are fearful of being around people who suffer from serious mental illness (Canadian Medical Association) 



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