A Report on Mental Illness in Perth County
Mental illness is not a single disease. It’s a broad classification for many psychiatric disorders including: anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, personality disorders, eating disorders and organic brain disorders are all mental illnesses.
An astounding one in five people living in Perth County will experience a mental illness in their lifetime – which means there is a good chance that you, or someone close to you, will be affected.
Depression will be the second leading cause of death by 2020.
World Health Organization
In Canada, 8 out of 10 people with mental health challenges enter the health care system through hospital emergency departments.
Canadian Institute for Health Information
The cost of supporting someone with serious mental illness to live in the community is$34,418 per year. The cost of keeping someone with serious mental illness in the hospital is $170,820 a year.
Source: Mood Disorders Society of Canada