Mental Health Fast Facts

Posted in: Fast Facts- Mar 03, 2011

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 behaviour (or a combination thereof) associated with distress and/or impaired functioning.

According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, mental illness is increasingly recognized as a serious and growing problem. It is estimated that one in every five Canadians, close to six million, will develop a mental illness at some time in their lives.

According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, mental illness is increasingly recognized as a serious and growing problem. It is estimated that one in every five Canadians, close to six million, will develop a mental illness at some time in their lives.
According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, mental illness is increasingly recognized as a serious and growing problem. It is estimated that one in every five Canadians, close to six million, will develop a mental illness at some time in their lives.

  • At least one per cent of a population is likely to have a serious and persistent mental illness at any given time – this is equal to about 300,00 Canadians.
  • Mental illness can be deadly – statistics show that, in the Capital Region, there is nearly one death each week from suicide, which is closely correlated with mental illness.
  • The new Patient Care Centre at Royal Jubilee Hospital will dedicate four full units and 82 beds to caring for patients with acute mental health needs, including a 10-bed secured Adult Mental Health – Intensive Care Unit.
  • For the first time at Royal Jubilee Hospital, both geriatric and adult mental health patients will be cared for in the same building as other acute patients – an important new chapter in mental health treatment and helping de-stigmatize the perception that mental health patients need to be treated separate from other patients.
  • The Patient Care Centre will also have a dedicated Seniors Mental Health Unit, configured with a secured, complex dementia area and an adjacent area focused on mild dementia and geriatric psychiatry services.
  • Supporting mental health services is a cause close to the Courtnall brothers’ hearts: when in their teens, the brothers lost their father, Archie Courtnall, to the illness.
  • Previous Courtnall Celebrity Classics, held in 2003 and 2004, raised more than $2 million for the Victoria Hospitals Foundation and helped opened the doors to the Archie Courtnall Centre, a Psychiatric Emergency Services Unit at the Royal Jubilee Hospital.

Media contacts:
Deirdre Campbell, Tartan Group: 250-592-3838, 250-882-9199 (cell) or deirdre@tartangroup.ca
Kate Rogers, Tartan Group: 604-880-1494 (cell) or kate@tartangroup.ca
Susan Gee, Victoria Hospitals Foundation: 250-893-1823 or susan@acumenpr.ca