Raising Awareness/Reducing Stigma

Whether it is a medical health issue, a mental health issue or a transitional issue, these considerations are often stigmatized within society.  We have learned to hide our problems to avoid rejection and ridicule.  But concealing our problems only makes them worse.

Nobody is perfect, and everyone experiences challenges from time to time. You may not be struggling with one of these issues, but you definitely know someone who is.

 

 

Consider that:

  • There are over 70,000 divorces every year in Canada, 11,500 in the GTA…Learn More
  • Collective healthcare spending by the Canadian and Provincial Governments and individual Canadians topped $200 billion for the first time ever in 2011…Learn More
  • One in five Canadians will personally be diagnosed with a mental health illness in their lifetime, which translates into more than 6.5 million Canadians, of which 1.2 million are in the GTA…Learn More

It is time for society to embrace these issues and bring them to the mainstream.  We are on the right track but we still have a long way to go.

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The Facts

Connecting the Issues (learn more…)

Separation & Divorce – Mental Health

  • Men between the ages of 20-64 are six times as likely to suffer from depression if they are separated or divorced than if they stayed married. Women are 3.5 times as likely.
  • People assume that once they begin the separation & divorce process they will begin to feel better than they had before. This is often not the case as many people begin to feel an empty and lost feeling and struggle to determine how to move on with their new life.

Separation & Divorce – Medical 

  • Medical issues can often strain a couple’s relationship.  Emotional stress and ambivalent feelings about the former relationship can often lead to problems.

Mental Health – Medical 

  • People living with medical illnesses are at greater risk of developing depression, due in part to high levels of stress, emotional upset, and changes to body image.
  • People living with mental illness are at greater risk of developing medical issues such as cancer, heart disease, asthma and other respiratory conditions.
  •  People with diabetes have nearly twice the rate of diagnosed mental illness as those without diabetes.  This is due to emotional stress as well as altered brain function through high blood sugar levels.

Suicide

  • According to the World Health Organization, someone around the world commits suicide every 40 seconds.
  •  In Canada, suicide accounts for approximately 1 in 4 deaths among 15-24 year olds and 1 in 7 deaths among 16-44 year olds.  It is the second leading cause of death for Canadians between the ages of 10-24.
  •  More than 90 percent of suicide victims have a diagnosable mental illness.

Statistics were taken from the Canadian Mental Health Association and Stats Canada

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