Mental Health

Mental Health Information

Being healthy means keeping your mind as well as your body healthy. When you are mentally healthy, you enjoy your life and the people in it and you are better to cope with difficult times. Being active, eating healthy and learning to manage stress are all ways you can improve your mental health.  Sometimes situations, feelings and behaviors can be overwhelming, difficult to manage and interfere with your quality of life and you may benefit from professional help.

Mental illness is not uncommon. One in five Canadians will personally experience a mental illness in their lifetime. It can affect people of all ages, education and income levels and cultures.

If you are feeling suicidal – Please call 911 or Crisis Outreach at 1-800-263-4944 or have someone take you to the nearest Emergency Department. If you’re having trouble managing a difficult period in your life or if you suspect that you have a mental illness speak to your family doctor; speaking openly will help to ensure that you are referred to the appropriate health professional.

Mental Health Web Resources

American Psychological Association – General Topic Information
http://apa.org/topics

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health – Resources For Mental Health and Alcohol/Drug Use
http://camh.net

Children’s Mental Health
http://www.knowledge.offordcentre.com

Health Canada Website
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/mental/index-eng.php

Information About Mood Disorders
http://bluepages.anu.edu.au/

Self-Help Anxiety Programs
http://anxieties.com

Self-Help Treatment For Depression
http://changeways.com/

The National Institute of Mental Health
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/index.shtml

Workbooks and Toolkits For Mental Health
http://heretohelp.bc.ca/