Lieutenant Governor's Circle On Mental Health And Addiction

C/O Sol Rolingher

Duncan Craig LLP

2800 Scotia Place, 10060 Jasper Ave

Edmonton, Alberta, T5J 3V9

E: execdir@lgcirclealberta.ca

 

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WHO

IT IMPACTS

 

According to the World Health Organization, mental illnesses are accounting for an ever increasing portion of the relative burden of all health disorders; from 10% in 1990 to an estimated 15% in 2020.  

                   

One in five Albertans will experience mental illness at some point in their lifetime.

 

Every Albertan will know someone who is affected by mental health illness or addictions.

 

 

WHERE 

PEOPLE ARE IMPACTED

Mental illnesses account for 30% of short and long-term disability claims.

 

Many people living with a mental disorder feel the stigma is worse than the symptoms they feel. 

 

“In our lifetime, one in five people will experience a mental illness and as many as 10 per cent of people over the age of 15 will battle a drug or alcohol dependency.

 

The societal impact is in the billions of dollars.

 

The emotional impact on families and individuals is incalculable.”

 

-From Creating Connections

Alberta’s Addiction and Mental Health Strategy

 

PEOPLE STILL DO NOT FEEL SAFE TO TALK ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS OPENLY.

WHAT

WE CAN DO

 

By wisely investing our resources, we can reduce lost productivity and social costs.

 

In order to do this, we require a social environment that supports appropriate identification and treatment of mental illness and addiction.

 

This involves improved public understanding and removal of stereotypes and inaccurate perceptions about the causes of these conditions and the possibilities for prevention and treatment.

 

Changing the social environment and public understanding of addiction, mental health problems and mental illness will encourage more people to seek treatment.

 

It will also increase public support for programs and initiatives, thus improving the quality of life for everyone in the province.