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.