Mental illness has increased in Canada since 2007, according to new research.
The National Household Survey on Mental Health (NHSMH) found that there were more than 7.3 million Canadians with a mental illness in 2016, up from 7.1 million in 2007.
This figure was up from 6.7 million in 2014 and 6.2 million in 2005.
The survey also found that more than 2.5 million Canadians were at risk of experiencing a mental health crisis in the future, which is the second highest number since the survey began in 2007, behind only people in the U.S. There were 863,000 people with a diagnosis of a mental disorder, up 8 per cent from 796,000 in 2007 and the highest number of people with this diagnosis since 2006.
Mental health experts say the rise in diagnoses is likely to continue as new research and better understanding of mental health issues are released.
In Canada, the number of Canadians with mental health problems has increased over the past decade, from about 500,000 to more than 700,000.
While this is good news, experts caution that the number with mental illness is still higher than the national average, and the number is expected to rise further.
For some people with mental illnesses, it can be difficult to find a safe place to live.
For example, the rate of people living in shelters or transitional housing is higher than that for the general population.
According to the Mental Health Association of Canada, about one in four Canadians living in a shelter or transitional home has a mental or emotional health condition.
Many of these people experience significant barriers to accessing care, which can lead to significant distress and lead to a decline in quality of life.
“The data is not clear on what the root causes of these conditions are, but it is clear that these are often the consequences of untreated mental health conditions,” says Dr. Christine Bevan, the national director of the Mental health Association of North America.
“In Canada, we have a very low rate of mental illness, so the increase in mental illness over the last 10 years has been very significant.”
With files from the Canadian Press