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Mental Illness Awareness

Mental Illness – Do You Know? was created to increase the mental illness awareness, based on personal experiences I’ve had with loved Mental Illness Awarenessones who have lived with the debilitating affects of mental illness.

Most people have acquired the knowledge of mental illness awareness through articles written by doctors and other medical professionals, who have not lived with mental illness or experienced the affects through a loved one.

This website will include articles related to mental illness, but will be hand chosen, to share with you, and written by those who have experienced mental illness first hand. Topics will include agoraphobia, anxiety, bipolar, depression, eating disorders, OCD, PTSD, personality disorders or schizophrenia.





Only 49% of Canadians said they would socialize with a friend who has a serious mental illness.
Canadian Medical Association

On any given week, more than 500,000 Canadians will not go to work because of mental illness.
Mental Health Commission of Canada

27% of Canadians are fearful of being around people who suffer from serious mental illness.
Canadian Medical Association

Only 49% of Canadians said they would socialize with a friend who has a serious mental illness.
Canadian Medical Association





Article: Why is sharing our mental health story important?


People wonder why I share my story? So that someday no one will call me brave for acknowledging a very real illness. Because the world would be a better place if everyone shared their story – and if more people listened.

Crista Burnett




Who is Affected?

  • Mental health issues indirectly affect all Canadians at some time through a family member, friend or colleague.
  • 20% of Canadians will personally experience a mental health issue in their lifetime. Some form of mental illness affects people of all ages, educational and income levels, and cultures.
  • Approximately 8% of adults will experience major depression at some time in their lives.
  • Schizophrenia affects 1% of the Canadian population.
  • Anxiety disorders affect 5% of the population, causing mild to severe impairment of quality of life.
  • Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in both men and women from adolescence to middle age.
  • About 1% of Canadians will experience bipolar disorder (or “manic depression”).


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