Mental health disabilities are still misunderstood and even feared by many people – despite how common they are. Unfortunately, many people with mental health disabilities face stigma, discrimination, stereotypes or misunderstandings in their daily lives. People can also assume that someone has a mental health disability when they actually do not.
Learn more about mental health and challenge your own thinking about people with mental health disabilities. As an employer, landlord or service provider, build an inclusive and welcoming environment by sharing accurate information about mental health and encouraging others to challenge their thinking about mental health disabilities too.
Did You Know?
In Canada, 1 in 3 Canadians experience a mental health issue in their lifetime . People living with mental health disabilities in Canada are four times more likely to experience violence than people who describe their mental health as good or excellent . They are also no more likely to be violent than the general population. 
 Caryn Pearson et al (2013). “Mental and substance use disorders in Canada” Health at a Glance. Statistics Canada Catalogue No. 82-624-X.
 Statistics Canada (2015). Self-reported Victimization, 2014. Ottawa: Statistics Canada. www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/151123/dq151123a-eng.htm?cmp=mstatcan
 Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario (2011). Violence and Mental Health: Unpacking a complex issue. Toronto: CMHA Ontario. https://ontario.cmha.ca/public_policy/violence-and-mental-health-unpacking-a-complex-issue/
Learn more about mental health and mental health disabilities. A video can be a powerful learning tool. Here are a few videos that can help challenge misunderstandings about mental health disabilities.
Resource: Looking for ways to increase awareness in your workplace? Mental Health Works is a national social enterprise of the Canadian Mental Health Association that is dedicated to advancing the field of workplace mental health through skills enhancement training, awareness education, and stigma reduction efforts. Mental Health Works provides capacity building workshops on workplace mental health to both employers and employees using a person centred, evidence based, and solutions focused approach.