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Mental Health Awareness Week (May 2-8)Published: ()

Positive mental health is the capacity of people 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.

Positive mental health can be measured through: self-rated mental health, happiness, satisfaction with life, psychological well-being and social well-being.

8 in 10

8 in 10 Canadian adults aged 18 years and older say they are happy and satisfied with their life “every day” or “almost every day.” [PMHSIF, 2016]

Young + Old

Approximately 87% of seniors aged 65 years and older say that they are satisfied with their life “every day” or “almost every day,” compared with 79% of youth (18 to 24 years old). [PMHSIF - Data Tool, 2016]

Positive mental health is influenced by individual behaviours and experiences, such as physical activity, and is supported by strong social support and strong ties to the community.


Just over half (54%) of Canadian adults aged 18 years and older are active or moderately active during their leisure time. [PMHSIF, 2016]

7 in 10

7 in 10 Canadians aged 18 years and older who have strong social support have high psychological well-being. [Measuring Positive Mental Health in Canada: Social Support, 2016]


Almost two-thirds (64%) of Canadians aged 18 years and older said they were members of, or participated in at least one recreational or professional organization, group associations or club. [PMHSIF, 2016]

1 in 5

1 in 5 Canadians with a mental health problem say they are affected by negative opinions or unfair treatment due to their mental health problem. [PMHSIF, 2016]

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