“Mental health is about more than mental illness. It’s more than being happy all the time. It’s about feeling good about who you are, having balance in your life, and managing life’s highs and lows. Everyone deserves to feel well, whatever their mental health experience. And we all need a support system to lean on.” – CMHA
Did you know?
- 1 in 5 Canadians will personally experience mental illness in any given year
- An estimated 10-20% of Canadian youth are affected by a mental illness or disorder – the single most disabling group of disorders worldwide
- Mental illness affects people of all ages, educational and income levels, and cultures
Reference: “Fast Facts about Mental Illness.” Canadian Mental Health Association. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 May 2018.
As with any other illness, it is important to get help if you have any mental health concerns. Many people and organizations are ready to hear your stories and eager to direct you to others who can provide help. A great first step is building your support system. Trusted family, friends, doctors, help lines, or community support groups are typically excellent sources of support. Share your feelings, talk to people who have experience with mental illness and recovery, and learn more about it. Remember that every person is affected by mental illness, whether directly or indirectly. You are not alone. For more information about getting help, visit CMHA’s Getting Help page or the Bell Let’s Talk website. Visit the Your Life Counts Online Lifeline website for contact information of crisis lines around the world.
Supporting a friend or family member with mental illness is not easy, but it is very important. The Canadian Mental Health Association provides suggestions for helping others on their Supporting a Friend or Family Member page.