Mental Health - Statistics in Niagara

Mental health is an important issue in Niagara because of its role in overall health. According to the World Health Organization, it involves being able to recognize your own abilities, coping with normal life stress, and being able to contribute effectively in your community.

Mental health can be influenced by many factors, including:

  • Social and economic pressure
  • Stressful working environment
  • Discrimination and exclusion
  • Physical health issues and genetics

Life Stress

An individual has life stress if they report that most days feel like they have quite a bit or extreme amounts of stress.

From 2009-2010, 25.1% of adults aged 20-64 in Niagara report having life stress. These results are similar to adults in Ontario (26.2%).

Adults Aged 20-64 who Reported Having Life Stress in Niagara and Ontario

Data has been age standardized based on 1991 Canadian Census.
Source: Canadian Community Health Survey, Statistics Canada, Share File, Ontario MOHLTC.

Overall, the results do not change significantly over these 5 years.

In Niagara, 15.6% of adults 65 and older report having life stress. These results are also similar to adults 65 and older in Ontario (12.6%).

Adults 65 and older who Reported Having Life Stress in Niagara and Ontario

Interpret with caution; data was limited due to low numbers.
Source: Canadian Community Health Survey, Statistics Canada, Share File, Ontario MOHLTC.

Between 2005 and 2010, this percentage has remained fairly constant.


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