What is Mental Health?
Striking a balance in all aspects of your life: social, physical, spiritual, economical and mental. Reaching a balance is a learning process. At times, the balance may tip and you have to find your footing again. Your personal balance is unique and your challenge will be to stay mentally healthy by keeping that balance.
Mental well-being is a part of your overall health. It's about:
- how you feel, think and behave;
- how you cope with the ups and downs of everyday life;
- how you feel about yourself and your life;
- how you see yourself and your future;
- how stress affects you;
- how you deal with negative things that happen in your life;
- your self-esteem or confidence.
STOP THE STIGMA!
We hear it, but what does it mean?
- Stigma is a negative thing. It’s an attitude. It’s a way of putting a label on someone that makes them feel judged, embarrassed or excluded.
- No one wants to be thought of as being odd or weird. Don’t treat others like they are a problem that needs to be dealt with. Fight prejudice and know that everyone fits in somewhere.
- Take the time to get to know the “real” person and not the label someone else put on them. Don’t look down on others and don’t make assumptions about them.
- If someone judges you – tell them they are wrong – and then move on.
- Use more respectful language. Be compassionate. Get the facts. Don’t be afraid. Break down the barriers of ignorance, prejudice, or unfair discrimination by promoting education, understanding, and respect.
Why is it important to talk about mental health?
Mental health affects your everyday life. Talking about it can reduce the stigma and provide support to those who need it.
Fact…..1 in 5 Canadians will experience a form of mental illness at some point in their lives.
Everyone feels a little worn down sometimes but there are lots of things that you can do to feel better:
Setting goals is a great way to help yourself feel better! Having goals can reduce stress by making you feel like you have a destinations and a plan on how to get there. Goals also make you feel good about yourself when you have accomplished your goal.
Engage in an activity or hobby that you enjoy. Read a book, watch a movie, play sports or listen to music.
Surround yourself by people who make you feel good about yourself.
Remember….We all have times in our lives when we do or say or act in a way that just doesn't feel right. Feelings like sadness, worry, anger, fear and grief are understandable reactions to negative events in our lives, and they don't typically last very long. But what happens when this type of behaviour happens all of the time? What happens when you feel like you can’t control your thoughts or your actions? That’s when you know that you need to get help!
Where can you get help?
- Teacher/Guidance Counsellor
- Family Doctor
- Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
- Canadian Health Association
- Mind your mind
- Kids Mental Health
- Kid’s Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 Kid’s Help Phone
- COAST Hamilton (Crisis Outreach & Support Team) 905-972-8338 COAST Hamilton
- The Hamilton Police Service 905-546-4925 Hamilton Police Service
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