On behalf of the Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC), I am pleased to present the third edition of “Quick Facts on Mental Illness & Addiction in Canada”. The incredible demand for copies of the first two editions was beyond our wildest expectation. There is now no doubt that there is a need in Canada to bring together, in a comprehensive, evidence based document, important statistics relating not only to mental illnesses and addictions as they impact individuals and their families but also as they impact the healthcare system, the workplace, and the
economy in general. There is also a need to develop a common understanding of the relationship between mental illnesses, addictions, and physical illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

I am sure that you will find this third edition useful and informative. We have added current information about the Mental Health Commission of Canada and eight additional pages of important facts. We have written it in a style that will facilitate the uptake of the information by all members of the Canadian public. All facts provided in this handbook are evidence based. Fully sourced citations are provided on the Mood Disorders Society of Canada website including where reference documents can be accessed.

We ask that in using this document as a resource you provide credit to the MDSC. We trust that “Quick Facts on Mental Illness & Addiction in Canada” will encourage public understanding and discussion of a subject that has been taboo for far too long.

Your comments and questions are invited. Additional copies of this publication or other publications of MDSC may be ordered by going to our online shop and sending us an email request by clicking on “contact us”.

Finally, this third edition could not have been printed and distributed without the unconditional financial support of our educational activities by AstraZeneca Canada, Pfizer Canada, Wyeth Canada, GlaxoSmithKline and Canada Post. A heartfelt thanks to all of our financial supporters. Thanks are also due to Dr. Barbara Everett for providing additional research for this third edition booklet, and to all those who have contributed their time and efforts on this project. We thank everyone for their support and encouragement.

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