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Positive Mental Health in CanadaPublished: ()

Positive mental health is the capacity to feel, think, and act in ways that enhance the ability to enjoy life and deal with challenges. It is a positive sense of emotional and spiritual well-being that respects the importance of culture, equity, social justice, interconnections and personal dignity.


Almost two-thirds (65%) of Canadians aged 18 years and older self-rate their mental health as “excellent” or “very good.” [PMSIF, 2016]

7 in 10

7 in 10 Canadians aged 18 years and older have high psychological well-being – the ability to participate in meaningful activities and have positive relationships with others. [PMSIF, 2016]

Positive mental health is influenced by factors such as early life experiences, family, community and society.

3 in 4

77% of Canadians aged 18 years and older who report that they strongly belong to their local community have high psychological well-being. [Measuring Positive Mental Health in Canada: Myths and Facts]

Rural vs Urban

92% of Canadians aged 18 years and older who live in rural areas report that their neighbourhood is a place where neighbours help each other, compared with 85% of those living in urban areas. [PMHSIF - Data Tool, 2016]

Enhancing positive mental health is possible for everyone, even those living with a mental disorder.

Top 4

Mood and anxiety disorders are among the most common types of mental disorders in Canada. These include: depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and panic disorder. [Mood and Anxiety Disorders in Canada, 2016]


One-third of Canadians living with a mood or an anxiety disorder report their mental health as “very good” or “excellent.” [Orpana et al. 2016]

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