Canada tops new Global Wellness Index

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Canada has bested 151 countries in new index compiled by investment firm LetterOne. Canada’s scores in a series of metrics — including depression, alcohol use, blood pressure, obesity and public health care spending — vastly outperformed the Netherlands, Iceland, Japan and Italy.

But this finding does not really square with other studies that show depression and other mental illnesses are on the rise in Canada.

Last year, a report has found that issues of mental health and depression were “prevalent” among Canadian youth (age 15-24), with 11% having experienced depression in their lifetime.

Entitled Raising Canada, the report was released by Children First Canada and the O’Brien Institute for Public Health. It is based on data from Statistics Canada, the Canadian Institute for Health Information, the Canadian Institute of Child Health, Health Canada, and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

The report estimates that 10-20% of Canadian children may develop a mental health disorder, and that the prevalence of mental health disorders in children and youth has remained the same since 2006-2007. -CINEWS

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