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News Release: Vote for Health: Municipal Candidates Asked to Share Their Views on Local Health Issues

Published: 
Wednesday, September 5
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The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has distributed a voluntary survey to all local council and mayoral candidates running in the upcoming 2018 municipal election. The survey provides an opportunity for candidates to share their views on local health issues, including equity, food insecurity, dental health, mental illness, substance misuse, built environment, and climate change.

Vote for Health

Municipal governments and elected councilors shape the health of communities through the design and delivery of policies, programs and services. Working with partners and decision makers to achieve these outcomes is a key priority of the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.

Mental Health Profile of Windsor and Essex County

The Mental Health Profile of Windsor and Essex County was prepared by the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit with the objective of capturing the current status of mental health in our community. This report describes local statistics, emerging trends, and at-risk populations in regards to mental health, work stress, and intentional self-harm using various indicators and data sources.

Depression and Other Mood Disorders in Windsor-Essex County

The data presented here was collected by the Canadian Community Health Survey (2007-2012). Participants were asked to indicate if they had a diagnosed mood disorder which was expected to last or had already lasted at least six months. Examples of mood disorders were described to participants as depression, bipolar disorder, mania, or dysthymia. The percentage of individuals in Windsor-Essex County who reported they had a mood disorder is presented below. The impact that age and sex, as well as various social variables have on rates is also presented.

Work Stress in Windsor-Essex County

The percentage of individuals in Windsor-Essex County who report that they experience work stress is presented below. The percentage of Individuals who reported that they felt work was quite a bit stressful or extremely stressful in the past 12 months is reported here. The impact that age and sex, as well as various social variables have on rates is also presented.