Invisible Illness Awareness Week
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
September 10-16th is Invisible Illness Awareness Week and an excellent chance to raise awareness and discussion about the numerous unseen conditions that people battle every day. Chronic invisible illnesses are extremely prevalent in our society, invisibleillnessweek.com estimates that as many as 1 in 2 people in the USA has a chronic condition, and the Canadian Coalition for Public Health has similar numbers for us northerners.
- The divorce rate among the chronically ill is over 75%
- Depression is 15-20% higher for the chronically ill than for the average person
- Chronic diseases cost the Canadian economy 77 billion dollars a year
- 65% of Canadians have at least one factor that puts them at risk for chronic disease and many have more than one