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StatsCan to release new information about Canadians’ mental health and access to services

September 12, 2013

Statistics Canada On September 18, Statistics Canada (StatsCan) will release new data about mental health in Canada.  This release comes from StatsCan’s first major survey of Canadians’ mental health in more than 10 years.

People surveyed includes individuals age 15 years and older from Canada’s 10 provinces.  The survey did not include people living on reserves and other Aboriginal settlements, full time members of the Canadian Forces, and people who are institutionalized.

The information addresses:

  • The mental health status of Canadians, including a focus on mental illness and overall mental health and well-being
  • Canadians’ access to and use of formal and informal mental health services and supports
  • Mental health-related functioning, ability and disability
  • Whether there are links between mental health and social, demographic, geographic and economic characteristics
  • Significant differences since the last time the survey was conducted in 2002.

This information comes from the 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey – Mental Health. The survey was designed by Statistics Canada in collaboration with Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Provincial Health Ministries, and an expert advisory group including the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

For more information about the Canadian Community Health Survey – Mental Health, please visit the Statistics Canada website at

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