Mental Health & Suicide Facts 


Did you know:

  • In any given year, 1 in 5 Canadians experiences a mental illness or addiction problem.
  • By the age of 25 approximately 20% of Canadians will have developed a mental illness.
  • 70% of mental health problems start in early childhood and adolescence.
  • Young people aged 15-24 are more likely to experience mental illness and/or substance use disorders than any other age group.
  • An estimated 75% of children suffering from mental disorders do not access specialized treatment services.
  • Men have higher rates of addiction than women, while women have higher rates of mood and anxiety disorders.
  • After accidents, suicide is the second leading cause of death for people aged 15-24.
  • Canada’s youth suicide rate is the third highest in the industrialized world.
  • 7-10 people are affected by a loss of suicide
  • Rate of death by suicide among First Nations people in Saskatchewan is 4.3 times higher than that of non-FN people.
  • The rate for Inuit people is 6 to 11 times higher than the rest of Canada.
  • Indigenous youth are more likely to consider suicide if one or more parent and/or grandparent attended residential school.


Sources: https://ymhc.ngo/resources/ymh-stats/




Indigenous source: https://www.saskadvocate.ca/sites/default/files/u11/listen_we_have_something_to_say_nov_2017.pdf