I am looking for information, data, and statistics on disparity to mental health services for the following Canadian populations: rural folks, people classified has having disabilities (blind, physical disability, cognitive disability, brain injury etc).
I'm also looking for any types of statistics on internet accessibility across Canada, more specifically related to rural areas.
I’ve checked with the team from CIHI and they’re provided us with the following response:
In response to your interest relating to mental health data, based on your specific data of interest, our Hospital Mental Health Database (HMHDB) team does not unfortunately have any sources that are readily available to be able to provide to you.
Customised data is typically obtainable through the submission of a formal data request. However, with that being said, even if you were interested in exploring this option, the data we have available, would only address the use of inpatient mental health services, and not access disparities. In terms of disabilities, we likely will not be able to capture historical diagnoses, rather would be able to identify only those that are captured on that episode of care.
Lastly for your interest regarding “any types of statistics on internet accessibility across Canada, more specifically related to rural areas”- such data is not a part of our data collection.