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