2013 - 2014 Self-Perceived Mental Health Indicator Report

Purpose of the Health Indicator Report

To provide information about self-perceived mental health among residents aged 12 and older living in Halton Region and Ontario.

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.” 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

  • In 2013/14, 77% of Halton residents and 71% of Ontario residents reported their mental health as very good or excellent. This difference was statistically significant. There were no statistically significant trends over time between 2003 and 2013/14 in Halton or Ontario.

Sex

  • In 2013/14, there were no statistically significant differences by sex in the percentage of Halton residents who reported their mental health as very good or excellent.

Age

  • In 2013/14, the percentage of Halton residents who reported their mental health as very good or excellent generally increased as age increased until ages 45-64. However, these differences were not statistically significant.

Municipality

  • In 2013/14, there were no statistically significant differences by municipality in the percentage of Halton residents who reported their mental health as very good or excellent.

Income

  • In 2013/14, Halton residents in the highest income group were more likely than residents in the lowest income group to report their mental health as very good or excellent. However, this difference was not statistically significant.

Education

  • In 2013/14, Halton adults who were post-secondary graduates were more likely than Halton adults who were not post-secondary graduates to report their mental health as very good or excellent. However, this difference was not statistically significant.