Walk n Talk during Blue Week

| January 16, 2017
The CHAMP (Community Helpers and Mentoring Programs Team ) team recognizes that Seasonal Affective Disorder ( S.A.D.) is a mental health disorder more common in northern areas of the world. 
It might be a dark time of year but we hope to shed some light on depression and anxiety and S.A.D.
From Jan 23rd – Jan 27th, 2017 the CHAMP Team will be organizing Blue Week which will include events in school, promoting information online and inviting our community partners to join us in sharing information!
We invite you and your coworkers and clients to join us for a winter “Walk n Talk”. This event will be held on January 25th at 4 pm. 
Please see attachment for more details.

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Mental illness is the term used to refer to a variety of mental disorders that can be diagnosed. Mental disorders are health conditions that are characterized by alternations in thinking, mood, or behavior (or some combination thereof) associated with distress and/or impaired functioning.

Fast Facts about Mental Illness

Who is affected?

  • Mental illness indirectly affects all Canadians at some time through a family member, friend or colleague.
  • 20% of Canadians will personally experience a mental illness in their lifetime.
  • Mental illness affects people of all ages, educational and income levels, and cultures.
  • Approximately 8% of adults will experience major depression at some time in their lives.
  • About 1% of Canadians will experience bipolar disorder (or manic depression).

How common is it?

  • Schizophrenia affects 1% of the Canadian population.
  • Anxiety disorders affect 5% of the household population, causing mild to severe impairment.
  • Suicide accounts for 24% of all deaths among 15-24 year olds and 16% among 25-44 year olds.
  • Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in both men and women from adolescence to middle age.
  • The mortality rate due to suicide among men is four times the rate among women.

What causes it?

  • A complex interplay of genetic, biological, personality and environmental factors causes mental illnesses.
  • Almost one half (49%) of those who feel they have suffered from depression or anxiety have never gone to see a doctor about this problem.
  • Stigma or discrimination attached to mental illnesses presents a serious barrier, not only to diagnosis and treatment but also to acceptance in the community.
  • Mental illnesses can be treated effectively.

What is the economic cost?

  • The economic cost of mental illnesses in Canada for the health care system was estimated to be at least $7.9 billion in 1998 $4.7 billion in care, and $3.2 billion in disability and early death.
  • An additional $6.3 billion was spent on uninsured mental health services and time off work for depression and distress that was not treated by the health care system.
  • In 1999, 3.8% of all admissions in general hospitals (1.5 million hospital days) were due to anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, major depression, personality disorders, eating disorders and suicidal behavior. Sources: The Report on Mental Illness in Canada, October 2002. EBIC 1998 (Health Canada 2002), Stephens et al., 2001

How does it impact youth?

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.

Today, approximately 5% of male youth and 12% of female youth, age 12 to 19, have experienced a major depressive episode.

The total number of 12-19 year olds in Canada at risk for developing depression is a staggering 3.2 million.

Once depression is recognized, help can make a difference for 80% of people who are affected, allowing them to get back to their regular activities.

Mental illness is increasingly threatening the lives of our children; with Canadas youth suicide rate the third highest in the industrialized world.

Suicide is among the leading causes of death in 15-24 year old Canadians, second only to accidents; 4,000 people die prematurely each year by suicide.

Schizophrenia is youths greatest disabler as it strikes most often in the 16 to 30 year age group, affecting an estimated one person in 100.

Surpassed only by injuries, mental disorders in youth are ranked as the second highest hospital care expenditure in Canada.

In Canada, only 1 out of 5 children who need mental health services receives them.

Source: http://www.cmha.ca/.

Mental Health Resources

Online Resources and phone hotlines:

Free online chat – crisissupportcentre.com

Excellent online resource – kidshelphone.ca

Access to services people need every day/in crisis – 211edmonton.com or dial 211

Assessment tools – wellnessnetworkedmonton.com

Psychologists Association of Alberta – psychologistsassociation.ab.ca or 1-888-424-0297

Crisis support centre – 24 hour distress line, 1-780-482-4537

Kids help phone – 1-800-668-6868

Health Link Centre – 1-866-408-5496

CHAMP Team – 780-622-3742

Fox Creek Medical Clinic – 780-622-3010

Fox Creek Healthcare Centre – 780-622-3545

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