There are different levels of mental illness mild, balanced and maybe even serious. Some examples of mental illnesses are eating disorders, depression, bipolar disorder,, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias, panic disorders, PTSD, schizophrenia,anxiety. Healthcare in Canada is managed by the Canada Health Act. Their goal is to protect and restore the mental and physical health of Canadians and to guarantee reasonable way to health services diregarding a peron’s income and education. The federal government helps the provinces and territories who provide coverage for health services considered to be “medically necessary”. However, there are still other services that are only partly funded or not funded at all – mental health services being one of them. Mental health has long been seen as a fundamental aspect of one’s health, although under our current health rules, it does not meet the requirement of “medically necessary”.
In the 2000’s the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH), recommended that the federal government help create a national Action Plan on mental illness and mental health.
Other challenges for people with mental illnesses are there are not many supportive housings, it’s hard for them to find jobs, it’s also a difficulty for their family members and caretakers to take care of them. The hardships of taking care a mental illness patient or anyone psychological disorders usually goes to close or immediate family. Families who have to take care of people with psychological disorders, also often experience financial loss, and have a larger chance of of being poor. There are also things that affect the psychological disorders patients. They often have difficulty with their studies. Thus it can prevents that from pursuing a successful career. There is also a greater chance that they will not finish high school nor get a college degree. People with a mental health problem have a greater chance of experiencing distress, discrimination, difficulties with employment and finances.
With the responsibility of paying for one’s mental health left to the individual, it is not surprising that many canadians put mental health on the backburner. The Mental Health Commision of Canada (MHCC) states that while 1 in 5 Canadians will experience mental health issues in any year, only 1 in 3 actually seek treatment.