Mental illness affects 1 in 5 people in Niagara. Poor mental health can have detrimental effects on our lives. Individuals struggling with mental health issues may experience fear, rejection, and stigma that severely impact their quality of life. Social isolation, poverty, and a shortage of accessible services make it difficult for people to seek the mental health support they need. In youth, positive emotional development in childhood is crucial to laying a strong foundation for mental health and emotional stability as an adult.
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 these challenges.
According to the Canadian Mental Health Association about 70 per cent of mental health problems have their onset during childhood or adolescence, and people in their prime working years are among the hardest hit by mental health challenges. Some do not have adequate healthcare coverage to allow for effective treatment, 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 their ability to enjoy and cope with the challenges of day-to-day life. United Way Niagara strives to reduce barriers and promote wellness by investing in programs that build skills for independent living, provide counselling for positive mental health, and help individuals become confident and empowered to cope with life’s challenges.