Mental health, precarious employment and food security are often misunderstood. Through this journey, you will explore challenges associated with depression and how our system doesn't meet the need of those affected.

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Canadians in the lowest income group are 3 to 4 times more likely than those in the highest income group to report fair to poor mental health
Decent, safe, affordable housing is one of the most important factors that affect our mental health. George is worried that his unemployed status will harshly affect his wife and son. There is a history for mental illness in George’s family.
Meet George. His boss has requested his presence at a group meeting. There have been rumors of possible lay offs. George cannot afford to lose his job.
The total number of 12-19 year olds in Canada at risk for developing depression is a staggering 3.2 million.
Lily is tired of George’s job uncertainty and this lay off is the final straw. She tells him she is leaving him.
Derrick had no idea that his parent’s relationship would end in divorce. this chaos on his life leads him to fall into depression.
Meet Sean, he is currently in foster care, however he has plans to run away because he is being mistreated.
Meet Jane, she went through child protection services as a baby and has been in over 5 foster homes throughout her life. She is currently suffering from depression and social anxiety.
Meet Bobbie, he suffers from depression, which has been left untreated until today. He is having serious trouble at school and may end up failing his grade 12 year.
Derrick’s parents decide to send him to a therapist’s office to seek treatment for his depression. Derrick does not agree with his parents “diagnosis” and decides that he can make his own decisions.
Only 1 of 5 children who need mental health services receive them.
Several studies have found that youth experiencing homelessness have disproportionately been involved in child protection services or foster care in their lives. This number ranges from 30% to 49%.
$6.3 billon was spent on uninsured mental health services and time off work for depression and distress that was not treated by the health care system. Nearly 4,000 Canadians die by suicide each year - an average of 11 suicides a day.
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30,000 Canadians experience homelessness on any given night, and as many as 50,000 make up the ‘hidden’ homelessness (‘couch-surfers’ or individuals who stay with family, friends, or others because they have nowhere else to go).
A report by the Canadian Homelessness Research Network and the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness estimates that 200,000 individuals, youth and families experience homelessness per year.
Derrick decides to run away from home and take advantage of the street mission that is close by. He believes he can live on his own and make his own decisions.
Derrick became known as “hidden homelessness.” He ‘couch-surfed’ at his friend’s places because he felt he had no other place to go. Unfortunately this did not solve his depression.
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The estimated cost of chronic homelessness is $1.4 billion a year, primarily because of the high use of emergency services, shelters and the criminal justie system.
Suicide is among the leading causes of death in 15-24 year old Canadians, In Canada,
Meet Maya, who no longer has a job. Because of the declining trend in full-time positions, she began to lose hope. Her lack of finances and jobs led to her depression and now she has found herself living on the streets.
Because Derrick is homeless he doesn't have easy access to resources he needed to help with his depression. His depression worsens, causing him to take his life into his own hands.
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Lily expresses her concern for Derrick. She apologizes for the trials he had gone through. She promises that George and her will work hard to keep their relationship amicable and assist Derrick on his ‘road to recovery’.
Almost a third of Canadians who seek mental health care report that their needs are unmet or partially met. The rate is even higher for children and youth. When a homeless person is hospitalized, more than half of the time it is because of a mental disorder.
Mental illness is the second leading cause of disability and premature death in Canada. 20% of Canadians, or one in 5 of us, will have a mental illness in their lifetime.
The Poverty Research Centre will continue to research and work on the effects of homelessness and mental with our partners in the community.