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1 in 4 children will experience a mental health issue by the time they are 18, and 1 in 5 will not receive the help they need to tackle the illness.

There are clear connections between high rates of psychiatric emergencies and poverty. 12% of Hamilton residents rate their mental health as fair or poor and almost 20% have a mood disorder. 6% of Halton residents aged 12 and over reported having been diagnosed with a mood disorder.

One in three Halton adults reported being stressed most days at work. Good physical health, having a job, and higher household income was associated with better self-reported mental health among Halton adults.

70 percent of mental health problems have stemmed from an experience during childhood or adolescence, and people in the early and prime working years are among the hardest hit by mental health problems. Without proper healthcare coverage, these people are not effectively treated for their mental illness, greatly reducing the chance of improving their mental health.

Positive mental wellbeing is the capacity of people to feel, think, and act in ways that enhance the ability to enjoy life and deal with the challenges of day-to-day life. United Way Halton & Hamilton strives to reduce barriers and promote wellness by investing in programs that build skills for independent living, provide counselling for mental health issues, and help individuals become confident and empowered to deal with life’s challenges.

Rates of substance use and substance related behaviours in the Hamilton region are notably higher than the provincial average. 12% of Hamilton residents that are 18-years-old or older have used some sort of “illicit” drug in the last year; 10% of adults reported using stimulants such as cocaine or amphetamines. In the Mississauga/Halton LHIN, 23.8% of high school students have used drugs other than cannabis in the past year.

The highest rate of psychiatric-related emergencies in an inner-city neighbourhood in Hamilton was 88 for every 1,000 people in the neighbourhood. In Halton, rates of emergency department visits and hospitalizations for mental illness were lower in high income neighbourhoods compared to low income neighbourhoods.

Positive mental wellbeing is the capacity of people to feel, think, and act in ways that enhance the ability to enjoy life and deal with the challenges of day-to-day life. United Way Halton & Hamilton strives to reduce barriers and promote wellness by investing in programs that build skills for independent living, provide counselling for mental health issues, and help individuals become confident and empowered to deal with life’s challenges.

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