Mental Health

Mental wellness or good mental health is feeling, thinking, and interacting in ways that help you enjoy life and deal effectively with difficult situations. It is a feeling of emotional and spiritual well-being that respects the importance of culture, equity, social justice, relationships and personal dignity (Centre for Health Promotion, University of Toronto, 1997).

Without mental wellness, people can be unable to fulfil their full potential or play an active part in everyday life. Mental health issues can include many areas, from enhancing our emotional well-being, to treating and preventing mild to severe mental illness, to the prevention of suicide.

Mental illnesses indirectly affect all Canadians—through illness in a family member, friend or colleague. Twenty percent of Canadians will personally experience a mental illness during their lifetime. More than 70% of adults living with mental health problems developed symptoms in childhood or early adolescence.

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