61% of Canadians say they are satisfied with their mental health, but that number dips sharply among young people.

Top takeaways

  • Canadians aged 18 to 34 report notably less satisfaction with their mental health than older Canadians.
  • 38% of those aged 18 to 34 say they’re dissatisfied with their mental health compared to only 17% of those aged 55 and older, and 27% for those 35 to 54.
  • Women report lower satisfaction with their mental health (55%) than men (66%)

Overall, most Canadians say they are satisfied with their mental health

59% of Canadians report being either very (17%) or somewhat (42%) satisfied with their overall health. A larger share say they are satisfied with their mental health: 30% say they are very satisfied and 31% say they are somewhat satisfied.

But there is a wide gap on mental health satisfaction by age

38% of Canadians aged 18 to 34 report being dissatisfied with their mental health compared to just 17% aged 55 and older.

Quebec & BC are the provinces most satisfied with their mental health

67% of Quebecers and 65% of British Columbians report being satisfied with their mental health, both above the national average of 61%. About 3-in-10 Canadians in the Prairie provinces (30%), Atlantic Canada (30%) and Ontario (27%) say they’re dissatisfied with their mental health.