How do we measure mental health and addictions at a population level?

Rates of mental illness and addictions at a population level are always based on estimates. In Canada, different studies have shown that rate to be anywhere from 1 in 3 to 1 in 10. With Ontario’s population at 13.6 million, that is a big gap.

How do we understand these very different numbers? And how do we use them to inform our work in Ontario’s mental health and addictions system?

On March 18, 2015, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)'s Provincial System Support Program presented a webinar titled, "How Do We Measure Mental Health and Addictions at a Population Level?"

In this webinar, Dr. Jürgen Rehm, Director of the Social and Epidemiological Research (SER) Department at CAMH discussed:

  • Current sources of data on rates of mental illness and addictions in Canada;
  • Factors to consider when thinking about how this data applies to the Ontario setting.

Watch this webinar and see the slides here.

Additional resources:

The Life and Economic Impact of Major Mental Illnesses in Canada, Mental Health Commission of Canada
Health at a Glance: Mental and substance use disorders in Canada, Statistics Canada

The presenter

Dr. Jürgen Rehm is Director of the Social and Epidemiological Research (SER) Department at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). He is also Scientist and Head of the Population Health Research Group within SER. Dr. Rehm is a Professor and Chair of Addiction Policy in the Dalla Lana School Public Health at the University of Toronto. He is also Head of the Epidemiological Research Unit, Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, at the Dresden University of Technology, in Dresden, Germany.

This webinar was hosted by the CAMH Health Promotion Resource Centre and EENet.

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