Mental illnesses affect everyone in some way. We all likely know someone who has experienced a mental illness at some point. Yet there are still many hurtful attitudes around mental illnesses that fuel stigma and discrimination and make it harder to reach out for help. Its time to look at the facts. […]Continue readingMyths About Mental Illness
Mental health is not only the avoidance of serious mental illness. Your mental health is affected by numerous factors from your daily life, including the stress of balancing work with your health and relationships. In this section you will find resources to help you stay mentally fit and healthy.
Did you know that someone you care about may need mental health care?
- 1 in 5 people will have a mental health problem this year
- 1 in 8 people have a serious anxiety disorder
- 1 in 22 people have depression or manic depression
- 1 in 5 kids have a mental health problem
- 1 in 100 youths develop schizophrenia in their lifetime 20 people commit suicide in Ontario every week
We are reminding friends of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Huron-Perth Branch to continue their support by renewing or taking out a CMHA membership. By continuing your membership or becoming a new member, you will make a difference in the lives of individuals and their families and friends, who are at risk or who are living with a mental illness.
Many of us have small habits that make us feel better, but we can also live without them. For example, we might think of something as lucky or have a routine that feels comforting. But for people who experience obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), these behaviours are much more intense and disruptive and are fuelled by unwanted thoughts that dont go away. Obsessive-compulsive disorder is not always easy to understand, but its a real illness that causes difficulties in a persons life. […]Continue readingObsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Everyone feels scared at times. But sometimes, fear can come up in a situation that isnt expected. This fear stops us from going about our usual routines or working towards our goals. Phobias and panic disorder are two examples of mental illnesses that can lead to these problems. […]Continue readingPhobias and Panic Disorders
Frightening situations happen to everyone at some point. People can react in many different ways: they might feel nervous, have a hard time sleeping well, or go over the details of the situation in their mind. These thoughts or experiences are a normal reaction. They usually decrease over time and the people involved can go back to their daily lives. Post-traumatic stress disorder, on the other hand, lasts much longer and can seriously disrupt a persons life. […]Continue readingPost-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Bringing a new baby into the family can be challenging at the best of times, both physically and emotionally. It is natural for new parents to experience mood swings, feeling joyful one minute and depressed the next. These feelings are sometimes known as the baby blues, and often go away soon after birth. However, some parents may experience a deep and ongoing depression that lasts much longer. This is called postpartum depression. […]Continue readingPostpartum Depression
Suicide. Its a difficult topic to bring up. However, when someone talks about suicide or brings up concern for a loved one, its important to take action and seek help quickly. […]Continue readingPreventing Suicide
Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness. One of the biggest myths around the illness is that it isnt treatable. With the right supports, people can work or volunteer, be active in their own care, and contribute to their communities. […]Continue readingSchizophrenia
We all talk about stress, but were not always clear about what it is. Stress comes from both the good and the bad things that happen to us. If we didnt feel any stress, we wouldnt be alive! Stress may feel overwhelming at times, but there are many strategies to help you take control. […]Continue readingStress
When someone you love has been diagnosed with a mental illness, you feel a mixture of emotions. Concern, compassion, disbelief, anger, relief, anxiety, grief, love, guilt any and all of these emotions are understandable and normal. […]Continue readingSupporting a Loved One
People cope with difficult thoughts, feelings, or situations in different ways. Some people cope by injuring themselves on purposeand it may be the only way for them to feel better. Self-injury may seem frightening, but its important to look beyond the injuries and see whats really going on. […]Continue readingYouth and Self-Injury