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Mental Health - Statistics in Niagara

Good mental health is important to overall good health. Mental health includes emotional, psychological and social well-being, and is important at all stages of life. In 2017-18, 66.2 per cent of people aged 12 and over rated their own mental health as very good or excellent. In 2019, 60.5 per cent of grade 7 and 8 students and 45.9 per cent of secondary students rated their mental health as very good or excellent.

Life satisfaction, community belonging and support networks

In 2017-18, 91 per cent of individuals aged 12 and over reported being satisfied or very satisfied with their lives. In addition, 68.5 per cent of individuals aged 12 and over reported feeling a somewhat strong or very strong sense of belonging to their community.

In 2019, 76.3 per cent of grade 7 and 8 students and 73 per cent of secondary students reported that they were satisfied with themselves.

Life stress

In 2019, 45.1 per cent of grade 7 and 8 students and 40.7 per cent of secondary students rated their ability to handle unexpected / difficult problems as very good or excellent.

In 2017-18, 21.3 per cent reported that they were quite a bit or extremely stressed from life. Other data reported that 29.8 per cent of people aged 20-64 were quite a bit or extremely stressed from work in the past 12 months. The most common stressors during that time include:

  • Finances
  • Work
  • Family
  • Time
  • Health

Males were more likely to report finances as their biggest stressor in life, while females were more likely to report their family to be their biggest stressor in life.

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Suicide and self-harm

In 2019, 14.2 per cent of secondary students had seriously considered suicide in the past 12 months. In addition, 29.6 per cent of grade 7 and 8 students and 35.8 per cent of secondary students wanted to talk about their mental health, but didn’t know where to go to get help.

In 2015-16, 10.2 per cent of individuals age 12 and over have considered suicide at some point in their lives while 2.5 per cent had considered suicide in the past 12 months.

See self-harm injuries statistics for information on emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths due to self-harm and suicide.

Pregnancy and mental health

See maternal characteristics statistics for information on mental health concerns during pregnancy.

Sources:

  • Canadian Community Health Survey, 2017-18
  • Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey, 2019
  • Canadian Community Health Survey, 2015-16

See other data from the 2017-18 Canadian Community Health Survey. Further data from Canadian Community Health Survey will be updated on this page as more data becomes available.

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