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Canadian Mental Health Association

Understanding Mental Illness – 1 in 5 people affected
Mental illnesses can take many forms, just as physical illnesses do. Mental illnesses are still feared and misunderstood by many people, but the fear will disappear as people learn more about them. If you, or someone you know, has a mental illness, there is good news: all mental illnesses can be treated.
In this section, you will learn about mental illnesses – which can also be called psychiatric disorders – and their treatment. You will also find helpful resources that provide more information to further your understanding of mental illness at the national website.
Fast Facts about Mental Illness
Who is affected?
·         Mental illness indirectly affects all Canadians at some time through a family member, friend or colleague.
·         20% of Canadians will personally experience a mental illness in their lifetime.
·         Mental illness affects people of all ages, educational and income levels, and cultures.
·         Approximately 8% of adults will experience major depression at some time in their lives.
·         About 1% of Canadians will experience bipolar disorder (or “manic depression”).


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