Let’s talk: mood and anxiety disorders in Winnipeg

One in four Winnipeggers has a diagnosed mood or anxiety disorder, a new Peg report reveals.

The news comes a day before Olympian Clara Hughes is back in Winnipeg to raise awareness around mental health issues as part of Bell’s Let’s Talk Day.

It also follows a recent move by United Way’s community investment committee to add the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba to the essential network of programs and services we support in Winnipeg, building on our commitment to healthy people and strong communities.

Percent of people with mood and anxiety disorders in Winnipeg, by neighbourhood.

An indicator of mental health, mood and anxiety disorders impact many aspects of wellbeing:

  • Employment: Unemployment among people with serious mental illnesses ranges from 70% to 90%
  • The economy: Mental illness costs the Canadian economy an estimated $51 billion every year, according to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
  • Safety: People with mental illness are more than twice as likely to be victims of crime.
  • Physical health: People with serious mental health conditions are at high risk of chronic physical conditions and vice versa.

Brad’s story: Art and Mental Health

Developed through a partnership between United Way of Winnipeg and the International Institute for Sustainable Development, Peg is a community indicators system and innovative website that makes it possible to measure our city’s progress and compare data from different neighbourhoods.

Read the full report here and visit the Peg website for more information.

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