Who is affected by mental illness & what resources are available for support?
All Canadians will be affected by mental illness at some point; whether your own or a family member, friend or colleague. It is important to know that 1 in 5 people in Canada will personally experience a mental health problem or illness in any given year. When you are suffering it is sometimes helpful just to know that you are not alone. Mental illness can be experienced by anyone, no matter your age, education, income level or culture.
There are resources available online. Try the Canadian Mental Health Association for dependable facts and advice.
There are ways to promote positive mental health which can be beneficial to you and everyone in your life. Simple things like getting enough sleep, eating well and exercising can give a good foundation. Being connected to, and feeling that you belong in, your community can make a difference. Health Canada has some interesting suggestions online.
On the Saanich Peninsula young people struggling with their mental health can see a counsellor at Shoreline Medical Youth Clinic. They are open every Thursday 5.30 – 7.30 pm, 2379 Bevan Avenue, Sidney.
The mental health of seniors is of especial concern if they are already facing isolation due to bereavement, or moving from their home into long-term care. There are resources available to support seniors in your life from the Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health.
It is common to see a rise in depression symptoms in winter, and combined with the isolation connected to Covid-19 many people may be finding things extra difficult this January. No individual or family member should feel responsible for depression. It is an illness with often complex causes. Learn more about depression and how you can support yourself and/or your friends or family members who may be experiencing the same symptoms.