Mental Health

Among the Quebec population

  • 18% of people have a mental health disorder
  • 12% of people have experienced a depressive episode
  • 2.3% of people have bipolar disorder
  • 9% of people have a generalized anxiety disorder
  • 1% of people have schizophrenia2

In Montreal

  • 29% of people will experience a major depression, anxiety disorders or disorders related to drugs or alcohol3
  • Proportionally, more people between the ages of 45 and 64 years experience a depressive episode during their lifetime than do people 65 years of age and older4
  • People with a mental health disorder or a disorder linked to substance use are more likely to have a chronic health problem (71%)5

Getting help

  • Two out of every three people suffer in silence, for fear of being judged and rejected6
  • A person with bipolar disorder will spend, on average, eight years seeking help before they are successful7
  • 90% of people who are depressed never seek treatment8
  • Only 63% of people who have been hospitalized for depression had a follow up visit with a physician within 30 days after discharge, compared with 99% of people with heart failure9

For more information

To learn more about mental illness, diagnosis and treatment:

For a comprehensive list of mental health resources:

To access mental health services: