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Mental Illness Facts

  • 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.
  • Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness for children and adolescents.
  • 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
  • World Health Organization estimates that by the year 2020 depression will be the second leading global cause of disability and mortality
  • Suicide is the 9th leading cause of death

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Ontario Shores
Centre for Mental Health Sciences
700 Gordon Street
Whitby, Ontario
L1N 5S9

Telephone: 905-430-4055
Toll Free: 1.800.341.6323

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