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Why You Need to Care About Suicide Today and Tomorrow

Nearly 4,000 Canadians die each year by suicide, an average of 10 suicides per day.

Suicide is one of the leading causes of premature death in Canada.

Canadians are about seven times more likely to die from suicide than to be the victim of a homicide.

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among youth.

For each death by suicide, there are as many as 100 suicide attempts.

On average, three people in Ontario die by suicide every day.

Why You Need to Care About Depression Today and Tomorrow

Each year 5% of Canadians will experience clinical depression.

1 in 6 Canadian adults will experience depression at some point in their lifetime.

Depression is one of the most prevalent mental health condiations in Canada.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that by the year 2020 depression will be responsible for the second highest rate of disability, following cardiac disease.

Why You Need to Care About Eating Disorders Today and Tomorrow

In 2002, of females (15-24 years old), 1.5% dealt with an eating disorder.

Almost 30 percent of young women diet early in their high school experience.

Anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness.

It is estimated that 10% of individuals with anorexia nervosa will die within 10 years of the onset of the disorder.

Why You Need to Care About Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Today and Tomorrow

PTSD symptoms can appear immediately or months following a traumatic event.

Vicarious trauma from PTSD can be passed from parent to child or from client to trauma worker.

Disadvantaged people are more likely to suffer from PTSD.

Canada has one of the highest rates of PTSD in the world.

9.2% of Canadians will suffer from PTSD in their lifetimes.

Why You Need to Care About Mental Illness Today and Tomorrow

1 in 5 people struggle with mental illness, only 1 in 3 receive the treatment they need.

Approximately 80% of individuals will be directly affected by a mental illness in family members, friends or colleagues.

Mental illness affects people of all ages, educational and income levels, and cultures.

The onset of most mental illnesses occurs during adolescence or young adulthood.

Many complex factors cause mental illness including genetic, biological, personality and environmental.

Mental illness is costly to individuals, families, the healthcare system and the community.

The economic cost of mental illnesses in Canada is estimated to be in excess of $50 billion.

21.4% of the working population currently experience mental health problems and illnesses that affect their productivity.


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