health care revolution.

Mental health issues are difficult to treat. Those who suffer from mental-related illnesses (be it depression or schizophrenia) are often afraid or embarrassed to seek help. In many cases, those who suffer aren’t even aware that they have an issue. As a result, many people go untreated.

To make matters worse, bottlenecks and inefficiencies plague the public mental health system. Psychologists are among the most poorly paid health professionals graduating from medical school. Yet the demand for these professionals is so high, that in some instances there is a 2+ year wait to get treatment.

Although they can’t be seen, these issues can be life altering. They isolate many, force people out of work, and can ultimately lead to physical injury, even death.

Awareness and accessibility are key to making a difference in the mental health space.

mental health & the youth.

Youth are specifically at risk when it comes to mental health. Young teens in high school, for instance, don’t have discretionary income to pay for private sessions. And the barriers to seeking help in the public sector are often enough to prevent treatment.

In Canada, only 1 out of 5 children who need mental health services receives them.

70% of mental health problems and illnesses have their onset during childhood or adolescence.

The total number of 12-19 year olds in Canada at risk for developing depression is a staggering 3.2 million.

Canada's youth suicide rate is the third highest in the industrialized world.

Surpassed only by injuries, mental disorders in youth are ranked as the second highest hospital care expenditure in Canada.

mental health & the disadvantaged.

The disadvantaged and homeless are also stuck in a precarious situation. With food and fiscal issues at the forefront of their minds, general health concerns are often overlooked. Especially those that are not physically and easily visible.

Canadians in the lowest income bracket are 3-4 times more likely to report poor to fair mental health.

2 out of 3 people who need mental health services do not receive them.

50% of those who feel they have suffered from depression or anxiety have never gone to see a doctor about this problem.

mental health & the economy.

Mental health has become a serious cost burden in Canada. $51 billion dollars is the economic burden due to inefficiencies as a result of mental health. and over 500,000 Canadians missing work on a daily basis as a result of mental health issues.

$51 billion is the estimated cost of mental illness to the Canadian economy in terms of health care and lost productivity.

Once depression is recognized, help can make a difference for 80% of people who are affected.

According to the World Health Organization, depression will be the single biggest medical burden on health by 2020.

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