News Item – CAMH urges Ottawa to make mental health top priority in new health accord

Dr. Catherine Zahn, president of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, says mental illness afflicts some 6.7 million Canadians – roughly 20 per cent of the population – and costs the economy an estimated $51 billion each year.

That’s a bigger burden than is caused by cancer or infectious diseases. and yet Zahn says only about seven per cent of the billions spent on health care in Canada goes to mental illness.

Full article at: Global News