Peg Report 02: One in four Winnipeggers has a diagnosed mood or anxiety disorder

Peg tells us…

One in four Winnipeggers had a diagnosed mood or anxiety disorder over the past five year period. 

The facts are:

  • 24.4% of Winnipeggers had a diagnosed mood or anxiety disorder between 2007/08 and 2011/12.  
  • The rate ranges from 18% - 27% in different areas of the city.
  • The city-wide rate has not shifted since from the previous five year period (2002/03 – 2006/07).


  • Mood and anxiety disorders include: depression, bipolar disorder, manic episodes, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, phobic disorders, dissociative disorders, and somatoform disorders. 
  • Rates based on data from physician visits, hospitalizations, and prescription drug use for individuals age 10 and up.

Mood and anxiety disorders

Why does this matter? 

Mood and anxiety disorders are an indicator of mental health – a major part of Winnipeggers’ wellbeing.  Mood and anxiety disorders, and mental illness more broadly, impact many aspects of wellbeing, including: 

  1. Employment: the unemployment rate of people with serious mental illnesses is in the range of 70% to 90%*  
  2. The economy: according to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, mental illness costs the Canadian economy an estimated $51 billion per year.*
  3. Safety:  people with mental illnesses are more than twice as likely to be victims of crime.*
  4. Physical health: mental and physical health are intimately linked:  people with serious mental health conditions are at high risk of chronic physical conditions and vice versa.* 

* More detail and source data for the above facts available at, under the Mood and Anxiety Disorders tab

More facts on this subject available at:

Peg data 

Peg Video Story, focusing on art and mental health 

Source of the data:  Manitoba Centre for Health Policy

Peg Experts available for interviews:

On how to understand the data: 

Charles Thrift 
IISD, Project Manager  
(204) 958-7752

On the research:

Randall Fransoo, PhD 
Senior Research Scientist
Manitoba Centre for Health Policy 
(204) 789-3543
Randy Fransoo

People who are making a difference:

Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba
Tara Brousseau-Snider 
(204) 786-0987

Canadian Mental Health Association, Winnipeg Division
Nicole Chammartin
(204) 982-6103 

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