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It is estimated that 10-20% of Canadian youth are affected by a mental illness or disorder – the single most disabling group of disorders worldwide.


Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. · Percentage of Canadians who will experience an anxiety disorder in their lifetime: 12% · Age with the highest rate of anxiety symptoms: 20 – 29 years of age · Types of anxiety disorders and the percentage of Canadians affected: Generalized Anxiety 1.1% Specific Phobia 6.2 – 8.0% Post Traumatic Stress Disorder data unavailable Social Phobia 6.7% Obsessive Compulsive Disorder 1.8% Panic Disorder 0.7%

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· At least 1 in 3 adolescent students in Canada have reported being bullied recently
· 40% of Canadian workers experience bullying on a weekly basis
· Among adult Canadians, 38% of males and 30% of females reported having experienced occasional or frequent bullying during their school years
· The most common form of cyber-bullying involved receiving threatening or aggressive e-mails or instant messages, reported by 73% of victims

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Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. · Approximately 8% of adults will experience major depression at some time in their lives. · Age with the highest rate of depression symptoms: Under 20 years of age · Most common symptoms of depression experienced by Canadians (and those which have the most impact on their daily functioning): Lack of motivation: 90%, Loss of ability to enjoy favourite activities: 80%, Difficulty concentrating: 77%, Feeling of isolation: 74%

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Alcohol And Drugs

Among Ontarians aged 25 to 34, 1 of every 8 deaths is related to opioid use The top four substances used by Ontario students: 58% alcohol; Cannabis (marijuana) 25%; Non-prescribed use of prescription pain relievers such as codeine, Percocet, Percodan, Demerol, or Tylenol #3, 17%; Tobacco 11.7%.

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People with mood disorders are at a particularly high risk of suicide. Studies indicate that more than 90 percent of suicide victims have a diagnosable psychiatric illness, and suicide is the most common cause of death for people with schizophrenia. Both major depression and bipolar disorder account for 15 to 25 percent of all deaths by suicide in patients with severe mood disorders. Nearly 4,000 Canadians die by suicide each year – an average of almost 11 suicides a day. It affects people of all ages and backgrounds.

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Being on the road for long hauls can put a strain on your relationships and cause for some concerns and questions on how to maintain strong relationships while you’re away from your loved ones.

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