High Costs

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The cost of mental health issues in Canada is high, and the cost to families who can’t afford or get access to services is even higher. Access to services and supports can mean the difference between getting back to work and getting swept into poverty.

Those who experience mental health issues are at higher risk to experience poverty and those in poverty have higher stress levels leading to greater mental health issues. It’s a vicious cycle.

Treatments and supports, when available, are effective at getting people back to work, family and community life.

The Community Mental Health Action Plan, the Edmonton Suicide Prevention Plan (Living Hope), the Edmonton Mental Health Steering Committee and key partners running programs are working together to better understand the systems and players, so they can identify the spaces and places where improvements can be realized.

Depression and anxiety cost Canada $50 billion a year in lost productivity. (Conference Board of Canada)

By the time Canadians reach 40 years of age, 1 in 2 have—or have had—a mental illness. (Mental Health Commission of Canada)


What’s Happening Now


What’s Coming Up

Reducing Stigma

Public education reducing the stigma of mental illness has come a long way in Canada. Yet, 46% of Canadians studied thought people use the term mental illness as an excuse for bad behaviour, so it’s clear we still have further to go.

Integration and Delivery

When you’re concerned about mental illness, how do you get help? That’s a question many people are looking at - determining how people successfully navigate the system and trying to figure out how to pass that knowledge along so more people can get the help they need.

There’s a lot of different places to go, so our partners are also looking at how the many elements of mental health care relate to one another. What referral or coordination exists between them? Learning what’s available and where it all connects will ultimately make seeking help easier.


ENDPOVERTYEDMONTON WORKS WITH A NUMBER OF COMMUNITY PARTNERS ON THESE GAMECHANGER ISSUES. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PERSPECTIVE OF ONE OF OUR PARTNERS ON THIS TOPIC.

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