As Suicide Prevention Month comes to a close and the beginning of Mental Illness Awareness Week begins, we stand alongside you in amplifying our collective voices to foster understanding, empathy, and support for mental health.
This week serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of recognizing, addressing, and advocating for mental health and wellness within our communities.
Mental health is a fundamental aspect of our overall well-being, and yet the stigma surrounding mental illness often prevents individuals from seeking the help they deserve. Did you know that 1 in 2 Canadians will experience a mental illness by the time they reach 40 years of age?
Continuing deeper into our discussion, some compelling statistics further underscore our collective need for mental health advocacy in Canada. A staggering 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental illness in any given year, and every week, at least 500,000 employed Canadians are unable to work due to mental health problems.
These are not just numbers on a spreadsheet, they represent our family members, friends, and colleagues. They are reflections of our nation.
The economic impact is also noteworthy, with such a high toll of mental illness costing the Canadian economy nearly $50 billion annually. This includes the strain on the healthcare system, lost hours of work and productivity, and the ripple effects on families and communities.
We know that therapy can be extremely costly without private insurance, and waitlists remain long, even for those who can afford therapy. At Shift Collab, we are committed to breaking down these barriers and creating a safe and nurturing environment where individuals can openly discuss their mental health concerns without fear or judgment. Here’s how we can help:
During this week, we encourage everyone to engage in meaningful conversations, educate themselves and others about mental health, and support those who may be struggling. Here are a few resources to get you started:
Together, we can make a difference. Together, we can create a world where mental health is prioritized, understood, and celebrated.
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