"MPA Society is a registered charitable non-profit organization that was founded in 1971. The Society works to support people with serious and persistent mental illness through offering a variety of supports and services, including housing and advocacy."

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Quick facts about mental illness

Who is affected?

  • Mental illness indirectly affects all Canadians at some time through a family member, friend or colleague.
  • 20% of Canadians will personally experience a mental illness in their lifetime.
  • Mental illness affects people of all ages, educational and income levels, and cultures.
  • Approximately 8% of adults will experience major depression at some time in their lives. 
  • About 1% of Canadians will experience bipolar disorder (or "manic depression").

How common is it?

  • Schizophrenia affects 1% of the Canadian population.
  • Anxiety disorders affect 5% of the household population, causing mild to severe impairment.
  • Suicide accounts for 24% of all deaths among 15-24 year olds and 16% among 25-44 year olds.
  • Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in both men and women from adolescence to middle age. 
  • The mortality rate due to suicide among men is four times the rate among women.

What causes it?

  • A complex interplay of genetic, biological, personality and environmental factors causes mental illnesses.
  • Almost one half (49%) of those who feel they have suffered from depression or anxiety have never gone to see a doctor about this problem. 
  • Stigma or discrimination attached to mental illnesses presents a serious barrier, not only to diagnosis and treatment but also to acceptance in the community. 
  • Mental illnesses can be treated effectively.

What is the economic cost?

  • The economic cost of mental illnesses in Canada for the health care system was estimated to be at least $7.9 billion in 1998 - $4.7 billion in care, and $3.2 billion in disability and early death.
  • An additional $6.3 billion was spent on uninsured mental health services and time off work for depression and distress that was not treated by the health care system. 
  • In 1999, 3.8% of all admissions in general hospitals (1.5 million hospital days) were due to anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, major depression, personality disorders, eating disorders and suicidal behavior.

Sources: The Report on Mental Illness in Canada, October 2002.
EBIC 1998 (Health Canada 2002), Stephens et al., 2001

MPA Society Facts

Facts About MPA Society

  1. MPA Society’s overall operating budget has been gradually increasing since 2008.  It currently sits at approximately $16 million dollars.  Because the majority of the services we provide are funded through government partners, there are a number of factors that influence our budget.  Included are the continued and growing investment in providing our clients with supported housing, service provision in new geographic locations such as Coquitlam and Burnaby and our successful bid on new program opportunities that stay true to MPA’s Mission, Philosophy and Core Values.
  2. MPA Society employs approximately 200 staff.  This total includes regular full-time, regular part-time and casual employees.  There are 4 union partners involved at MPA Society.  They are the HEU, BCGEU, HSA and BCNU.
    People interested in working at MPA Society should at minimum be familiar with and supportive of our organization’s Mission and Philosophy.
    For a list of current employment opportunities, click here.
  3. MPA Society operates a number of  programs. These include:
    • Supported Housing:
      • Batten Place
      • Duke House
      • Hall Tower I
      • The Hampton
      • Irvine Place
      • Kidder Place
      • Meridian Village
      • Phoenix Apartments
      • Sanford Apartments
      • Silken Laumann House
      • Welwyn House
    • Hotel Outreach
      • Hazelwood Hotel
      • Holburn Hotel
      • Savoy Hotel
    • Supported Independent Living (SIL)
    • Super Supported independent Living (SSIL)
    • Supported Outreach Living Opportunity (SOLO)
    • MPA Housing Portfolio Development Program
    • Licensed Housing
      • Banyan House
      • Beckman House
      • Beckman Bridging program
      • Berman House
      • Byron House
      • Sophia House
      • Tamarack House
      • Tilikum House
      • Virginia House
      • Winston Manor
    • Advocacy & Social Justice
      • MPA Resource Centre
      • MPA Court Services (Vancouver & Surrey)
  4. MPA Society’s administrative overhead accounts for approximately 6% of our overall budget.  Of every dollar donated 100% goes directly to supporting the clients that MPA Society serves.  As a registered charitable organization, MPA Society is pleased to provide tax receipts in keeping with Canada Revenue Agency guidelines.  Moreover, donors who have a special bond or affiliation with a particular program may request that their donation be directed in support of that particular program or service area.
    If you would like to make a donation to MPA Society, please click here for our donation information.