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.
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.
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.