Over half of Canadians with mental health issues have not received support – Sun Life

Over half of Canadians with mental health issues have not received support – Sun Life | Insurance Business Canada

Over half of Canadians with mental health issues have not received support – Sun Life

A recent survey conducted by Sun Life found that while many Canadians are experiencing mental health issues, about half of them have not sought medical support to treat their issues.

With a 1,000-person sample, Sun Life’s survey revealed that 60% of the respondents are currently experiencing some form of mental health issues. But, it also found that 54% of those with mental health issues said that they have not received medical aid.

Anxiety (40%) topped the survey as the biggest mental health concern, Sun Life found, followed by stress, depression, and addiction.

When breaking down the likelihood of experiencing mental health issues, the survey discovered that women (62%) and those aged 18-34 (74%) are experiencing the greatest impact of mental health issues. It also noted that Gen Z Canadians aged 18-23 are more than twice as likely (16%) as the national average (7%) to say they are experiencing addiction issues.

Several factors were identified by the survey respondents as barriers to their mental health treatment. Some 31% said they feel they do not need medical help. Another 25% said they cannot afford medical treatment, and 23% said they are embarrassed to ask for help.

"Our nation is dealing with a mental health crisis. Whether it's a loved one, a colleague, or yourself, mental health impacts us all," said Chris Denys, senior vice president of possibilities at Lumino Health, Sun Life’s healthcare provider network.

"We must work together to tackle this emergency. From employers to individuals, we can all play a role in building a more resilient Canada,” added Denys.

The survey comes as Lumino Health announced that it would expand its list of mental health professionals. In addition to psychologists, users of the Lumino Health platform will soon be able to search for social workers, clinical counsellors, and psychotherapists.