Most Canadians Are Mentally Doing Well


A new report on the mental health of Canadians has found that the majority, about two-thirds, aged fifteen or older are psychologically "flourishing." The wellness report was issued by Statistics Canada and found that less than two percent of Canadians are classified as "languishing."

The report classifies people according to survey responses from the 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey. Scores place respondents into three categories:

  1. Flourishing - feeling good about life, doing well.
  2. Languishing - low positive emotions and poor functioning.
  3. Moderate - in between the two.

Of the three, 77 percent of Canadians fall into the Flourishing category while just 2 percent are Languishing. The remaining 21 percent are Moderate. The report combined these responses with general mental health statistics for the nation and found that they largely jibe.

Statistics show that about three quarters of Canadians do not have a diagnosed mental illness or recent history of seeking care for any of the six major mental health disorders. Factors that contribute to a Canadian's well-being, statistics show, include age, marital status, income, education, employment status, spirituality, and physical health. Age is a positive factor in mental health, for example, with about 80 percent of those over age 65 having mental well-being.


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