This is where I will post mental health, illness and addiction statistics. Otherwise, in my posts I will not be posting stats, because, quite frankly, we know that mental health is a big issue. Further, there are hundreds of mental health stats online. As this movement is beginning in Canada, these below stats will focus mainly on a national level, and they will be expanded upon as this movement grows.

  • According to the World Health Organization, 15 out of 100,000 will commit suicide.. This varies and typically has been noticed to increase among specific demographic groups.
    • The suicide rate amongst Inuit people living in Northern Canada is 60 to 75 people per 100,000.
    • Suicide accounts for 24% of all deaths among 15 to 24 year olds, and suicide 16% among 16 to 44 year olds.
    • Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Canadians between the ages of 10 and 24
    • the elderly
    • inmates
  • Between 1997 and 1999, there was a 10% increase in suicides across Canada, from 3,681 to 4,074.
  • In Ontario, suicides rose from 930 in 1997 to 1,032 in 2001.

Source: Mental Health Commission of Canada (Canada statistics)Mental Health Commission of Canada (Ontario statistics) 

  • There has been a 344% increase in calls to the Mental Health Helpline since 2010, by people 25 or younger.
  • A survey of 25,164 Ontario university students showed that, between 2013 and 2016:
    – Suicide attempts rose 47%
    – There was an 86% increase in substance abuse
    – There was a 50% increase in anxiety
    – There was a 47% increase in depressionSource: The Toronto Star