Mental Illness

A little effort to get the facts really can make a difference for our loved ones, our colleagues and ourselves. Be a hope giver and show you care by getting informed to inspire others. A wave of hope can begin the journey of reducing the stigma that often keeps those who need it most from seeking help or treatment.

Did you know that each year 1 in 5 Canadians live with a mental illness or addiction?

Mental illness or addiction doesn’t discriminate: it can impact any of us, anytime, anywhere. It also affects:

  • Any gender
  • Any socioeconomic background
  • Any family background or lifestyle
  • Any age

Types of Mental Illness 101

  • Anxiety Disorders

    directly affect 12% of Canadians and include illnesses such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

  • Schizophrenia

    affects less than 1% of the population. It occurs in early adulthood and is characterized by altered thinking such as delusions.

  • Mood Disorders

    like Bipolar Disorder and Major Depression impact thousands of Canadians and their families.

  • Eating Disorders

    like Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa are complex mental illnesses that also affect physical health and well-being.