Good mental health is important to overall good health. Mental health includes emotional, psychological, and social well-being, and is important at all stages of life. In Niagara, 76.8% of people aged 12 and over rate their own mental health as very good or excellent. In addition, 71.4% of grade 7 and 8 students in Niagara rate their mental health as very good or excellent, while only 51.9% of secondary students rate their mental health as very good or excellent.
In Niagara, 84.5% of grade 7 and 8 students and 77.9% of secondary students reported that they are satisfied with themselves. In those aged 12 and over, 71.9% report they are highly satisfied with their lives. Youth aged 12 to 19 reported the highest levels of satisfaction, while adults aged 45 to 64 reported the lowest levels of satisfaction.
Overall, 71.8% of individuals in Niagara aged 12 and over report feeling a somewhat strong, or very strong sense of belonging to their community. Most people (96.1%) feel that they have close relationships with others that provide them with a sense of emotional security and well-being. Additionally, 92.7% feel they are part of a group of people who share their attitudes and beliefs.
In 2015, 14.1% of grade 7 and 8 students and 30.9% of secondary students felt that the stress, strain and pressure in the past four weeks was a lot or almost more than they could take.
In adults, 19.4% reported that they were quite a bit or extremely stressed from life in the past 12 months. In addition, 29.8% of people aged 20-64 reported they were quite a bit or extremely stressed from work in the past 12 months. The most common stressors that were reported in life include:
Males were more likely to report finances as their biggest stressor in life, while females were more likely to report their family to be their biggest stressor in life.
In 2015, 17.0% of Niagara secondary students had seriously considered suicide in the past 12 months. In addition, 20.4% of grade 7 and 8 students and 33.2% of secondary students wanted to talk about their mental health, but didn’t know where to go.
In Niagara, 10.2% of individuals age 12 and over have considered suicide at some point in their lives, while 2.5% had considered suicide in the past 12 months.
See self-harm injuries statistics for information on emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths due to self-harm and suicide.
See maternal characteristics statistics for information on mental health concerns during pregnancy.