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Thursday, September 23, 2010

CBC News - Health - Mentally ill prisoners 'warehoused': report

 Source of graph :http://blogs.salon.com/0002007/images/

CBC News - Health - Mentally ill prisoners 'warehoused': report

How appalling is this statement made in the article which I linked to above?

"Currently, these offenders are often managed in segregation units where they can be isolated for prolonged periods of time, a practice that is "unsafe and inhumane," Saper said."

 Read more at: http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2010/09/23/mentally-ill-prisons023.html#ixzz10OJadsLT

These are the facts about the mentally ill in Canada!!
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The Likelihood that people with mental illness will commit violent acts:
No greater than the general population

The Likelihood that people with mental illness will be victims of crime:
2.5 times that of the general population.

 Percentage of Canadians who will experience a major depression in their lifetime: 8%

 Percentage of Canadians who will experience an anxiety disorder
in their lifetime: 12%

Number of suicides in Canada every year: Approximately 4000

 Suicide accounts for 24% of all deaths among Canadians aged 15 – 24 and 16% of all deaths for the age group 25 – 44.

Age with the highest rate of depression symptoms: Under 20 years of age

Unemployment rate among people with serious mental illness: 70 – 90%

Percentage of Canadians who will experience depression in their lifetime: 7.9 – 8.6%

Percentage of inmates under psychiatric treatment prior to incarceration: 14%

Percentage of inmates who had attempted suicide in the preceding
five years: Women (21%), men (14%)

Percentage of women offenders with a substance abuse problem: 43%

Percentage of women offenders who say alcohol or drugs played a role
in their crime: 69%

Percentage of women offenders who self-harm (cutting, burning or
otherwise violating the body): 59%

Source:http://www.mooddisorderscanada.ca/documents/Quick%20Facts%203rd%20Edition%20Eng%20Nov%2012%2009.pdf


 Why aren't all  the levels of Government in Canada more concerned with these disturbing statistics?


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