Mental illness refers to a wide range of mental health conditions — disorders that affect our mood, thinking and behavior. About 20% of the population experience some kind of mental illness in their lifetime, from depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviors. It is something that takes many forms and can strike at different times of our lives. Mental illness is just as prevalent as physical illness, but it is financially and medically underfunded.
If you suffer from mental illness you are NOT alone!! Mental illness is NOT rare!
Did you know that Niagara Region has one of the highest rates of mental health issues in Canada? The hospital admission rate for mental illness in Niagara is almost double of the provincial average and suicide rates are also higher. The incident of mood disorders (which include panic disorder, OCD, PTSD, generalized anxiety disorder and phobias) is also higher. Statistics Canada, 2011. Source: Statistics Canada, Canadian Vital Statistics, Death Database and Demography Division
Mental illness in Niagara is something that we can’t ignore or sweep under the rug any longer. It’s time to start talking about it, increase our awareness, identify our fears, begin to understand what it’s like to walk in the shoes of someone with depression or schizophrenia, and to reduce any stigma that we may have.
Do you or someone you know need help?
Here are some Recommended Resources.
Do you want to be “An Agent Of Help And Hope”?
Here are some Practical Things To Do.
The following powerpoint presentation was given at our 2014 Retreat.
Please feel free to use this presentation to help educate others about mental illness.
Click on the following link to download the accompanying notes for the presentation – MENTAL ILLNESS SPECIAL FEATURE PRESENTATION