5.2 SELF-REPORTED MENTAL ILLNESS

MENTAL ILLNESS

Key Messages

1 in 5 Lambton County residents report having ever been diagnosed with a mental illness by a health care professional.

Women, those under 44 years of age, those with a lower household income and those with a chronic physical illness are more likely to have ever been diagnosed with a mental health condition or illness.

“I really don’t take care of mental health cause I’m usually dealing with other issues health wise.”

– Community member

“I take care of my mental health daily because I have three kids who rely on a strong mother to support them and aide them in their day to day needs.”

Community Member

“I try and take care of my mental health on a daily basis. When I don’t acknowledge it and do something about it is when my mental health suffers. As long as I am actively working on bettering myself, my mental health improves significantly.”

Community Member

Burden of Mental Illness

1 in 5 Lambton County residents report having ever been diagnosed with a mental illness by a health care professional. This is comparable to the Canadian statistic, where 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental health problem or illness in any given year. Women, those under 44 years of age, those with a lower household income and those with a chronic physical illness are more likely to have ever been diagnosed with a mental health condition or illness. Compared to a national sample, Lambton residents are less likely to take medication for mental health problems, and are less likely to have taken time off from work or school in the past year to address their personal mental health.

1 in 5 report ever being diagnosed with a mental health condition

All Adults

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Gender

FEMALES
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MALES
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Age

18-44 Y. O.
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45-64 Y. O.
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65+ Y. O.
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Household Income

<$30K
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$100K+
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Chronic Condition

WITH
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WITHOUT
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Consistent with the idea that those living with a mental illness can still have positive mental health, the majority of those diagnosed with a mental illness are “flourishing“ (51%) or “moderate” (40%) according to the wellbeing index.

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