Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Mental Health

Self Rated Mental Health

Overall
By Age

By Sex
By Education and Income

Overall  

Self-rated mental health measures an individual's perception of their overall mental health using a single question rated on a five-point scale (excellent, very good, good, fair, or poor). A 2010 validation study, conducted by Statistics Canada, on self-rated mental health showed significant associations with lower self-rated mental health and several other measures of mental illness.

According to the 2014 Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) conducted by Statistics Canada, 70% (64.8%, 74.6%) of Simcoe Muskoka residents (12+) reported their mental health as excellent or very good. The per cent that report their mental health as excellent or very good in Simcoe Muskoka was similar to the provincial average of 71% (69.3%, 71.8%). There was a significant decreasing trend in self-rated mental health in both Simcoe Muskoka and Ontario between 2007 and 2014.

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By Age

Perceived mental health status is lowest among older adults 45 to 64 years of age. In Simcoe Muskoka from 2007 to 2014, 69% (66.4%, 71.9%) of older adults between the age of 45 and 64 rated their mental health as excellent or very good, which was significantly lower than any other age group. During the same time period, 11% (8.4%, 12.7%) of older adults 45 to 64 years rated their mental health as fair or poor, which was twice as high as any other age group.

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By Sex

Perceived mental health status is similar for males and females. In Simcoe Muskoka from 2007 to 2014, 75% (72.8%, 76.9%) of males (12+ years) rate their mental health as excellent or very good, which was not significantly different than the 72% (70.2%, 74.2%) of females (12+) that rate their mental health as excellent or very good.

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By Education and Income

Perceived mental health status increases with higher levels of education. In Simcoe Muskoka from 2007 to 2014, 55% (49.1%, 61.4%) of adults (20 years and older) with less than a high school education rated their mental health as excellent or very good, which was significantly lower than the 85% (81.9.3%, 88.0%) of adults with a University Degree or higher that rated their mental health as excellent or very good.

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Perceived mental health status also increases with higher levels of household income. From 2007 to 2014, 62% (58.6%, 66.2%) of Simcoe Muskoka residents (12 years and older) living in the lowest income quintile rated their mental health as excellent or very good, which was significantly lower than the 82% (79.7%, 85.1%) of those living in the highest income quintile that rated their mental health as excellent or very good.

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