Mental health status is an important indicator of a healthy population.
Mental health issues rank in the top five of all illness categories in terms of physician, drug, and facility costs. It is unlikely that a person will live a lifetime without experiencing or knowing someone experiencing a mental health issue or crisis.
Mental health is both a health issue and a social issue. Social conditions have an impact on mental health. Maintaining connections and accessing services when needed is vital in supporting mental health wellbeing.
How are we doing?
Source: Statistics Canada and representative survey of Winnipeggers (N=1,200)
The good news is that systems like supportive programming and transitional housing work – temporary, structured, supported living that takes a wholistic approach to wellbeing. Creating community and connection helps build skills for independent living. The challenges are the gaps in the system, including wait times and culturally appropriate mental health services.
Winnipeggers with a disability are less likely to say their mental health is good. Only 40% rate their health as very good or excellent.
And only 40% of Winnipeggers who identify as 2SLGBTQ+ rate their mental health as very good or excellent.