Mental Health and Addiction Statistics
Prevalence and Incidence

  • – 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime. The remaining 4 will have a friend, family member or colleague who will.
  • – Mental illness affects thinking, mood or behaviour and can be associated with distress and/or impairment of functioning, with symptoms that vary from mild to severe.
  • – About 20% of people with a mental disorder have a co-occurring substance use problem.
  • – Schizophrenia affects 1%, major depression impacts 8% and anxiety disorder 12% of people.
  • – 1 in 10 Canadians 15 years of age and over report symptoms consistent with alcohol or illicit drug dependence.
  • – 3.8% of adults in Ontario are classified as having moderate or severe gambling problems.

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Respect, Recovery, Resilience:
Recommendations for Ontario’s Mental Health and Addictions Strategy

Report to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care From the Minister’s Advisory Group on the 10-Year Mental Health and Addictions Strategy December 2010

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