Mental health is a state of well-being in which you realize your own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively, and are able to make a contribution to your community.
Mental health and well-being contribute to our quality of life and to our ability to enjoy life. Good mental health is associated with better physical health, education, employment, and rich social relationships.
However, we will all experience varying levels of need related to our mental health at different times during our lives. Sometimes, your mental health will be challenged by short-term reactions to difficult situations such as school pressures, work-related stress, relationship conflict, or grieving the loss of a loved one. These challenges are usually eased with time and informal support.
At other times, you may require more specialized assistance. These can occur at any time of life- you may need help as a child, as an adult or as an elder.
No one is immune – no matter where you live, what your age, or what you do in life.
Estimates suggest that, in any given year, about one in every five people living in Canada will experience a mental health problem or illness.
See what mental health services are available for you to choose from:
To learn more about mental health, please read the following:
You can also visit the Canadian Mental Health Association Website for additional resources:
Did you know that 1 in 5 people will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime? This means someone you know probably needs you. This is what you can do: