More than 6.7 million people in Canada are living with a mental health problem or illness today and of those, more than 1 million are kids and adolescents between 9-19 years of age which is nearly 1 in 4.
Mental health problems or illnesses occur in people of diverse ages, education levels, socio-economic situations and culture.
1 in 4 people are afraid to be around someone who suffers from serious mental illness.
Mental health is as important as physical health to daily living.
There is strong evidence that promotion, prevention and early intervention can make a significant difference in the economy and to the health of the population.
By the age of 40 nearly 50% of the population will have or have had a mental illness.
Mental health problems and illnesses cost Canada about $50 billion per year.