Mental health care needed by 1 in 6 canadians

by Zweigjake on June 4, 2014 - 11:13am

Last year, 1 in 6 Canadians said that they needed mental health care. Most of the mental health care needed was counselling, but other needs included medication and information. 600,000 people stated that they believed their mental health care needs were not met, and 1,000,000 people said that they were only partially met. . 17 percent of people ages 15 or older said reported having a need for mental health care in the last year. Out of these people, 33% said that their needs were either unmet or only partially met. High levels of distress made it less likely that their mental health care needs would be met. Those with mood or anxiety disorders ask for mental health care more than those who have a substance abuse problem. It is a lot easier for someone to get medication to help with mental illness than it is for them to get counselling. A big reason for this is because some people cannot afford it, and don’t have insurance that covers therapy outside a doctors office. An example is someone named Arthur Gallant, a 23 year old who was diagnosed with anxiety and depression when he was 13. He said that he was unable to afford the counselling he needs because of how expensive it is. 1 in 5 people who reported barriers in receiving counselling said they were because of the health care system, like language barriers. One way to deal with the stigma attached to mental disorders is if employers tried to help the people in their workplace suffering from a mental disorder. In another report on mental disorders, females were found to have a tendency to get mood disorders and generalized anxiety disorder and men were found to have a higher tendency for substance abuse issues.


I think that the article brings attention to a very important issue that people are not getting the therapy that they need. Both medication and counselling are very important in dealing with mental disorders. However neither one is adequate with dealing with this on its own. Medication is extremely easy to get and people think that taking a pill can fix everything, when in reality it has to be combines with therapy in order for it to be most affective. The biggest issue that I see about this article is that it doesn’t give enough solutions.


I think this is an interesting article and it discusses a big problem that should be dealt with, but I think this article exaggerates the problem a bit. For example "600,000 people stated that they believed their mental health care needs were not met". They "believed", which means that there is not proof that their mental health is even in jeopardy. It would be impossible to help every person who thought they had a mental disorder at some point in their lives. But its unfortunate that their are some people that actually need help and aren't able to get it.

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