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The impact of mental health problems on family members

Ottawa - In 2012, approximately 11 million Canadians (38%) aged 15 and older reported having one or more immediate or extended family members with a mental health problem, that is, problems with their emotions, mental health, or use of alcohol or drugs.

Those with one or more family members with a mental health problem more often reported significantly higher rates of daily stress and of having their own symptoms of a mental or substance disorder in the past 12 months compared with those who had no family members with a mental health problem.

Among people who had at least one family member with a mental health problem, just over one-third (35%) perceived that their lives have been affected because of the family member problem and almost three-quarters (71%) of these people reported providing care to their family member. This was most often in the form of emotional support (27%) such as keeping a family member company; practical support (8%) such as helping with paperwork or getting around; or both emotional and practical support (28%).

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