Ontario adults reporting increases in mental health problems January 22, 2019 Mental health problems among adults in Ontario may be on the rise, according to the latest CAMH Monitor survey – the longest ongoing study of adult mental health and substance use in the province. Significant findings of the survey show that between 2016 and 2017: Self-rated reports of fair or poor mental health increased significantly from 7.1% to 10.1%. The proportion reporting frequent mental distress in the past month increased from 7.4% to 11.7%. This increase was particularly prominent among women. Thoughts about suicide almost doubled, from 2.3% to 4.1%, representing an estimated 426,900 adults. These findings are consistent with what has been reported from the CAMH Emergency Department in recent years, where visits have increased by 70% between 2012 and 2017. A consistent theme in the Monitor over the years, and one that is evident in this report, is the prominence of substance use and mental health problems among young people between 18 and 29. This age group is more likely than other age groups to report problematic use of alcohol, cannabis use, and e-cigarette use, and to have significantly higher reports of suicidal ideation, frequent mental distress days, and psychological distress.