This is the third and final report in a series of burden of disease reports produced by PHO and ICES. This study quantifies the burden of mental illness and addictions in Ontario. Nine mental illnesses and addictions are included.
You're invited - PHO Rounds webinar
Tuesday, October 16 - 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST
- Overview of the report and its findings will be presented and
- the report authors will be on hand to answer questions from participants
Overall, Ontarians suffer a high burden of illness from mental illness and addictions, more than 1.5 times that of all cancers and more than seven times that of all infectious diseases. Five conditions have the highest burden on the life and health of Ontarians: depression, bipolar affective disorder, alcohol use disorders, social phobia and schizophrenia. Depression is the most burdensome condition. In terms of deaths, alcohol use disorders contributed to 88 per cent of the total number of deaths attributed to these conditions and 91 per cent of years lost due to dying early.
People are burdened at a young age and many people live with these conditions for a very long time, experiencing disruption to their work, relationships and education. Treatments are often underutilized, and an explicit population focus on mental health promotion, mental illness and substance misuse prevention is often lacking. The findings point to the need for a comprehensive review of the evidence of effectiveness of interventions in the areas of mental health promotion and mental illness and addiction prevention, and may have implications for priority-setting and resource allocation.
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