Mental illness affects people of all ages, education, income levels, and cultures. In any given year, 1 in 5 Canadians will personally experience a mental health problem or illness.
How common is mental illness?
- By age 40, about 50% of the population will have or have had a mental illness.
- Anxiety disorders affect 5% of the household population, causing mild to severe impairment.
- Suicide accounts for 24% of all deaths among 15-24 year olds and 16% among 25-44 year olds.
- Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in both men and women from adolescence to middle age.
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is a nationwide leader and champion for mental health, facilitating access to the resources people require to maintain and improve mental health and community integration, build resilience, and support recovery for mental illness.
In Japan, doctors routinely prescribe â€śforest bathingâ€ť for optimal mental health. Cherry blossom or sakura season is the perfect time for this. In June, Silver Icing launched the Sakura Necklace Fundraiser for Mental Health and donated $2705 towards the CMHA. In an effort to support those who are or have been affected by mental illness, we will be relaunching this necklace and donating $5 to the CMHA from every Sakura Necklace we sell. These gorgeous necklaces feature a cherry blossom pendant, are fully adjustable in length up to 26â€ť, and will retail for $20.00.