Message from the Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health – World Bipolar Day


March 30, 2024 | Ottawa, ON | Health Canada

Each year on March 30th, we recognize World Bipolar Day. This is a day for everyone to learn more about bipolar disorder, and how we can better understand and support the people in our lives affected by this illness.

Approximately 3% of people in Canada will experience bipolar disorder in their lifetime. Previously referred to as manic-depressive illness, this mood disorder is often misunderstood. This can lead to further isolation and stigma, and makes it harder for people living with bipolar disorder to seek and receive diagnosis, treatment, and other support.

The Government of Canada is deeply committed to removing barriers caused by stigma, and improving the mental health of all Canadians. We will continue to invest in shared priorities with the provinces and territories, including improving access to mental health services. Working together, we will support the integration of these services and supports within the health system, enabling people to access the mental health care they need.

I encourage people in Canada who are looking for mental health support to visit Know that you are not alone and help is available, no matter where you live.

You can learn more about bipolar disorder on the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health's website.

The Honourable Ya'ara Saks, P.C., M.P.


Yuval Daniel
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Ya'ara Saks
Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health

Media Relations
Health Canada

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