How big of a problem are mental health issues?

I was curious myself, so I looked it up.  This is straight from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.  In any given year, 1 in 5 Canadians experiences a mental health or addiction problem.  By the time we reach age 40, at least half of us have (or have had) a mental illness.  Men have higher rates of addiction, while women have higher rates of mood and anxiety disorders.  The economic burden of mental illness in Canada is estimated at $51 billion per year, including $6 billion in lost productivity costs due to absenteeism and presenteeism.

What’s important to know is that with appropriate treatment and support, most people with a mental illness will recover. The key is to act early.  There is no need to suffer in silence.

If you, or someone you know is suffering, reach out and get the help you deserve.  Take the First Step… Talk to Fran.