Originally posted on canada.com:
We know more collectively about mental health than at any other time in history. Through a broad range of public education initiatives, we have expanded our knowledge and awareness of these illnesses, as well as the experiences of people who suffer from them.
But that crucial next step – pushing past simple knowledge and empathy to change behaviours and affect policy, breaking through the enormous stigma that continues to surround mental illness – remains elusive.
According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, roughly one in five Canadians has experienced some form of mental illness. That’s over seven million people in this country alone. The implications of such a large number is wide-ranging, whether from a public health or socio-economic perspective. It’s an issue that continues to have mental health experts, as well as other health care professionals and policymakers, struggling to find solutions.
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