Mental Health Problems Are Common
One in five people in Canada has a mental health problem at some point in life.
But only about 30 per cent seek help. Some people may not know they have a problem. Or they may not know that help is available. Some may not be able to use the help because of barriers like cost, language and transportation.
Others don't seek help because of the stigma (prejudice and discrimination) attached to mental health problems. They feel embarrassed or ashamed. They worry that they will be judged and misunderstood. They worry about being discriminated against.
However, it is important to know that there are services that can help. And the earlier someone gets help, the less chance that the problem will come back or get worse.