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Ahead of CMHA’s national Mental Health week, Ipsos Public Affairs explored the attitudes of Canadians toward their mental health in our third annual Canadian Mental Health Index. The Index shows that mental health issues are an increasing challenge, as the proportion of Canadians who are classified as “high risk” on Ipsos’ Mental Health Risk Index inched up again to 41% this year, up from 35% in 2016, and 33% in 2015. Four-in-ten (40%) Canadians report that their mental health has disrupted their lives in some way in the past year, which is an increase of 11 percentage points over last year. Encouragingly though, an increasing number of Canadians have talked with someone about mental health (42%), and almost half (48%) report being personally more comfortable talking about mental health issues compared to two years ago.
Public opinion on women’s equality still depends on which gender you ask — while 57% of women in Canada believe that they have opportunities equal to men, men are more far more likely to believe that this is the case (76%). Further, a minority of women (42%) believe that the government is doing enough to promote equal opportunities for women — a view held by a majority of Canadian men (60%).
Despite the protests and the media coverage since Trump’s election, the proportion of Americans who believe the country is heading in the right direction has increased over the past month.
Canadians are becoming more skeptical in their views of the country direction and economic conditions as we move into 2017. We’re also seeing some stark differences in economic assessments and perceived national issue priorities, which will make obtaining widespread regional and demographic consensus on the priority issues a particular challenge this year.