Philanthropy needs to move away from targeted support for a few to mental health for all
When I started at Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in 2006, mental health was an unfamiliar term. To most, mental illness was something that happened to ‘other people’.
One in 10 Canadians has had suicidal thought – up 400 per cent from pre-Covid times.
Fast-forward to today. One in four Canadians over 18 and one in three young people have symptoms of depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder. One in 10 Canadians has had suicidal thoughts – up 400 per cent from pre-Covid times. Even pre-pandemic, we had realised that nearly half of all Canadians will experience a mental disorder by the age of 40.