New Mental Health Stats: 1 in 6 Canadians Need Help


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Last year, about one in six Canadians said they needed mental healthcare. The Canadian Community Health Survey, based on a sample size of 25,000 Canadians from 10 different provinces, was done in 2012. While those results are surprising enough, the report additionally found the following statistics with regards to whether or not those stated mental health needs were met:

  • 67 per cent said their needs were met.
  • 21 per cent said their needs were partially met.
  • 12 per cent said their needs were unmet

A staggering 33% said their needs were either not met or only partially met. The Canadian population is currently around 32,000,000 people. 33% of 1/6th of that population is around 1.76M people who mental health needs are not being fully met. The most common mental health disorders are:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Substance abuse issues

Drugs Vs Counseling

The article goes on to further state that while drugs are easy to get, access to mental health care professionals for counseling is more difficult. The job outlook in Canada for medical careers is very good, generally commanding higher salaries than normal for positions like psychologists and other mental-health professionals.

How To Deal With Mental Health Victims

We know that females are more prone to mental health disorders, or at least more prone to admitting them, per this study, but who wears the crown of mental health issues by occupation? It’s been well-documented that police officers and other criminal justice careers generally suffer from a higher-degree of mental health issues due to the rigors of their job, however they also have to deal with people who have mental health issues.

Therefore, we will evaluate the training criminal justice officials receive that may help prepare them for their high-stress careers post-graduation in dealing with perpetrators that may have mental health issues.

One such example of this training in the USA is Crisis Intervention Training (CIT). This is a 40-hour training is the most popular and comprehensive training in the United States, for exampe, however it isn’t mandatory. CIT training helps officers in the US deal with the people they may encounter that are suffering from mental health related issues. In Canada, a similar cost-effective approach is being looked at – click here for more info.

As mental health becomes more prevalent in our society, we need to have an answer for it; from law enforcement to mental health facilities and medications. It is unacceptable for one and three-quarters million people to have underwhelming mental health care in the 21st century.