Why Mental Health? 


Mental health is a global crisis.

More than

350 million people across the world – of all ages and from all communities – suffer from depression.

13 million lives could be saved every year if mental illness was appropriately treated  – or at all.


Mental illness accounts for more of the global burden of disease than
all cancers combined.


Mental illness indirectly affects
all Canadians
at some time through a family member, friend or colleague.

 By age 40, about 50% of Canadians will have or have had a mental illness.

67% of Canadians would treat mental and physical health equally.

27% of Canadians think mental health conditions should be given a higher rather than lower funding priority (4%) than physical health conditions.


  In Canada, the economic burden of mental illness is estimated at
$51 billion per year, including health care costs, indirect productivity costs and reductions quality of life.

In Canada, over the next 30 years, the total cost to the economy will have added up to more than
$2.5 trillion.

Globally, the economic impact of mental health problems could reach
$16 trillion by 2030.

Worldwide, it estimated that  

12 billion 
working days are lost due to mental illness every year worldwide.