CAM-H HIGHLIGHTS GROWING MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS IN ONTARIO

Dec 04, 2014

By Michael Kramer

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There’s unsettling evidence of a mental health problem in this province.

The Toronto-based Centre for Addiction and Mental Health has drawn attention to the problem – in its annual Mental Health Survey.

The report reveals that more than 230-thousand Ontario adults “seriously contemplated suicide” last year.  That amounted to 2.3 percent of the province’s adult population.

CAM-H Senior scientist Doctor Robert Mann says the research also found a sharp rise in self-rated poor mental health.

The numbers increase – from just under 5 per cent in 2003 – to just over 7 per cent last year.

But those aged 18 to 29 saw a dramatic increase – from about three per cent in 2009 – to 12 per cent last year.

Doctor Mann says for the first time,  experts are seeing data illustrating that the kind of stress people are experiencing in this time of their life – is substantial.

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