Mental health challenges seem to be the norm rather than the exception

According to University and College Health Association:


65 percent of students reported experiencing overwhelming anxiety in the previous year (up from 57 per cent in 2013).
46 per cent reported feeling so depressed in the previous year it was difficult to function (up from 40 per cent in 2013).
13 per cent had seriously considered suicide in the previous year (up from 10 per cent in 2013).
2.2 per cent reported attempting suicide in the last year (up from 1.5 per cent in 2013).
Nine per cent reported attempting suicide sometime in the past (not restricted to last year).

Mental health challenges seem to be the norm rather than the exception; and does not seem to go away with time.

According to CAMH:
By age 40, about 50% of the population will have or have had a mental illness.

The Canadian health care budget is already in excess of $250 Billions.  It would seem that some wellness perspectives are fundamentally lacking in the contemporary mindset.

I think an effective and affordable solution may begin by challenging everyone to have wellness conversations at every opportunity:

1.  Wide adoption of Mindfulness training programs (such as Mindfulness without Border Ambassador Program) and robust nutrition education at every level of the education system: schools, colleges and universities.
2. Wellness role modeling and promotion by our political leaders, community leaders, celebrities and other opinion makers.
3. Wellness programs in government and private organizations.
4. Expanded availability of group psychotherapy in primary care and beyond.

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