2011 - 2014 Consultation with a Mental Health Professional Indicator Report

Purpose of the Health Indicator Report

To provide information about the percentage of Halton and Ontario residents aged 12 and older who reported consulting with a mental health professional in the past 12 months.

Background

The World Health Organization defines mental health as “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.” Mental health professionals can help people develop and maintain good mental health through counseling, medication, support groups and teaching positive coping strategies. Mental health professionals included are family doctors, general practitioners, psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers, counsellors and others. For more information on programs and resources supporting positive mental health in Halton, visit Halton Region’s Mental Health webpage.

This health indicator report uses data from the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS).

Key Findings

  • From 2003 to 2013/14, the percentage of residents who reported consulting with a mental health professional in the past year increased from 8% to 12% in Halton and from 7% to 13% in Ontario. These increases were statistically significant.

Sex

  • For 2011 to 2014 combined, Halton females were more likely than males to report consulting with a mental health professional in the past year. This difference was statistically significant.

Age

  • For 2011 to 2014 combined, there were no statistically significant differences by age in the percentage of Halton residents who reported consulting with a mental health professional in the past year.

Municipality

  • For 2011 to 2014 combined, there were no statistically significant differences by municipality in the percentage of Halton residents who reported consulting with a mental health professional in the past year.

Income

  • For 2011 to 2014 combined, there were no statistically significant differences by income in the percentage of Halton residents who reported consulting with a mental health professional in the past year.

Education

  • For 2011 to 2014 combined, there were no statistically significant differences by education in the percentage of Halton residents who reported consulting with a mental health professional in the past year.