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e-1736 (National day)

42nd Parliament
Initiated by Carol Todd from Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, on June 11, 2018, at 11:16 a.m. (EDT)
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Mental health
World Mental Health Day
The Petition is open for signature until October 9, 2018, at 11:16 a.m. (EDT)

Petition to the House of Commons

Whereas:
  • Mental health affects all Canadians at some time through their lives, through a family member, or friend;
  • In any given year, 1 in 5 Canadians experiences a mental health illness or addiction problem and by the time Canadians reach 40 years of age, 1 in 2 have - or have had - a mental illness;
  • Almost one in 10 adults will have gone through a major depression at some point in their lives and the total number of 12-19 year olds in Canada at risk for developing depression is a staggering 3.2 million;
  • Canadian youth who experience early adversity such as childhood trauma are more likely to develop mental health problems of all severity;
  • Estimated 1.2 million children and youth in Canada are affected by mental illness and 75% of all mental disorders have their first onset before the age of 25;
  • Among Canadians aged 15 to 24 years old, suicide is the second leading cause of death. Within indigenous communities, the suicide rate is 5 to 7 times higher than the Canadian average; and
  • World Mental Health Day is observed on October 10th each year to raise awareness of mental health issues, advocate to end the social stigma of mental health and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health.
We, the undersigned, Citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to designate October 10 every year as World Mental Health Day in Canada.
Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam
Liberal
British Columbia
Open for signature : June 11, 2018, at 11:16 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature : October 9, 2018, at 11:16 a.m. (EDT)
Province / Territory
Signatures
Alberta
74
British Columbia
480
Manitoba
18
New Brunswick
7
Newfoundland and Labrador
11
Nova Scotia
16
Nunavut
7
Ontario
237
Prince Edward Island
1
Quebec
39
Saskatchewan
23
Yukon
3
Other Countries
8
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