Mental Health Disorders and Life Satisfaction in Canada

Release date: October 6, 2017
Infographic: Mental Health Disorders and Life Satisfaction in Canada
Description: Mental Health Disorders and Life Satisfaction in Canada

Diagnosed mental illness and poor mental health affect females more than males and are most prevalent in working-age Canadians. People with poor mental health tend to have lower life satisfaction and feel less able to handle daily stress.

8.4% of Canadians aged 12 or older have a diagnosed mood disorder.

  • By sex:
    • 5.8% of males
    • 10.9% of females

8.6% of Canadians have a diagnosed anxiety disorder.

  • By sex:
    • 6.4% of males
    • 10.7% of females

6.9% of Canadians perceive their mental health as 'fair' or 'poor.'

  • By sex:
    • 6.1% of males
    • 7.7% of females

Life satisfaction

When asked to rate how they felt at the moment about their lives as a whole on a scale of 0 to 10, with 0 being "very dissatisfied" and 10 being "very satisfied":

  • Among the general population:
    • 41.7% rated 9 or 10
    • 50.9% rated 6 to 8
    • 6.5% rated 3 to 5
    • 1.0% rated 0 to 2
  • Among those with a mood disorder:
    • 15.3% rated 9 or 10
    • 56.9% rated 6 to 8
    • 22.8% rated 3 to 5
    • 5.0% rated 0 to 2
  • Among those with an anxiety disorder:
    • 20.2% rated 9 or 10
    • 56.6% rated 6 to 8
    • 19.3% rated 3 to 5
    • 3.9% rated 0 to 2
  • Among those who perceive their mental health as 'poor' or 'fair':
    • 6.9% rated 9 or 10
    • 49.2% rated 6 to 8
    • 35.5% rated 3 to 5
    • 8.4% rated 0 to 2

Day-to-day demands

When asked to rate their ability to handle day-to-day demands in their lives (i.e. work, family, and volunteer):

  • Among the general population:
    • 32.7% excellent
    • 56.6% good
    • 9.5% fair
    • 1.2% poor
  • Among those with a mood disorder:
    • 12.4% excellent
    • 50.0% good
    • 29.5% fair
    • 8.1% poor
  • Among those with an anxiety disorder:
    • 14.9% excellent
    • 51.1% good
    • 26.2% fair
    • 7.8% poor
  • Among those who perceive their mental health as 'poor' or 'fair':
    • 8.3% excellent
    • 42.4% good
    • 39.1% fair
    • 10.2% poor

Source: Canadian Community Health Survey, 2016.

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