Canadians Recognize Mental Illness

by Linda Leigh
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One in five Canadians will experience a form of mental illness at some point in their life. (Canadian Institute of Health Research)

Today, January 28, is Bell Let’s Talk Day when the issue of mental health will be openly discussed across all platforms across the country.  The campaign invites all Canadians to help end the stigma surrounding mental illnesses.

A Salvation Army report, “Canada Speaks 2012: Mental Health, Addictions and the Roots of Poverty”, reveals perceptions and attitudes among the Canadian public about individuals dealing with addiction or suffering from mental illness.

Most Canadians are extremely empathetic and compassionate to those struggling with mental illness and substance addiction. In fact, 80 percent of those surveyed reported having a friend or family member who has experienced mental illness and/or addiction.

Through shelter, rehabilitation and recovery services, The Salvation Army works to restore hope and dignity to all who need our help, regardless of their circumstance. It often partners with other community service agencies to provide support that benefits the individual and leads to an improved quality of life.