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Mental Wellness

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No Health Without Mental Health

 

Mental health is a critical part of overall health and wellness. Positive mental health is having the capacity to feel, think, and act in ways that allow you to enjoy life and deal with the challenges you face. People experience better mental health when they have a sense of hope, belonging, meaning, and purpose.

 

Factors that can contribute to poor mental health include social exclusion, adverse childhood experiences, trauma, discrimination, racism, colonization, and poverty.

 

Communities and organizations can promote positive mental health and wellness by creating environments that support healthy living, social connectedness, diversity, inclusion, cultural expression, and access to mental health support. We can all take action to reduce stigma, racism, discrimination, bullying and violence.

 

Your Mental Wellness Changes Over Time

Mental health is a state of being which changes throughout our lives. It can be impacted by events, transitions, and circumstances and is often viewed on a continuum. The Mental Health Commission Canada developed a Continuum Self Check which includes some general indicators to help understand your mental health and where you might fall on the continuum. 

It is possible for a person who is diagnosed with a mental illness to have positive mental health. Similarly, a person without a mental illness can experience poor mental health. This is visualized in the Two Continua Model:


Two Continua Model
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Taking Care of Your Mental Wellness

A good first step to taking care of your mental wellness is doing a mental health check-in

 

Many healthy habits that are good for your physical health, such as eating well, being active and getting enough sleep, also help support mental wellness. See additional ideas below:

 

  • Spend time in nature.
  • Practice mindfulness and deep breathing.
  • Volunteer with an organization that matters to you.
  • Meet new people by joining a social activity, class, or course.
  • Set boundaries between work and personal life.
  • Do an activity that brings you joy or peace, such as knitting, baking, or reading.
  • Make time to be with the people who are important to you.
  • Be aware that psychoactive substances like alcohol, nicotine (e.g., in cigarettes & vapes), cannabis, opioids, and caffeine can have a negative impact on mental health.
  • Seek help if you need it.

 Remember, looking after your mental health is just as important as looking after your physical health!

 

Supporting Someone Else

Social support is a very important part of mental wellness. Being there to have a conversation with a family member, friend, co-worker, or neighbour can make a big difference. You don’t need to have all the answers. Often what people need is somebody to listen.

 

If needed, you can find additional resources below and list of support and services here:

 

 

The Role of Public Health in Mental Health Promotion

Public health supports mental health promotion by building partnerships, sharing knowledge, enabling change, and leading advocacy efforts. The Mental Health Promotion Guideline (2018) outlines the roles, responsibilities and approaches required by public health and calls us to consider mental health promotion in planning, implementing, and evaluating programs of public health interventions.

 

Algoma Public Health works collaboratively with local, provincial, and national partners to promote mental health and wellness. As part of the Ontario Public Health Standards, we aim to embed mental health promotion strategies and approaches into all programs and services, keeping in mind our local needs, context, and priority populations.

 

For more general information on mental health and wellness visit:

 

Mental Health & Wellness Support 

Mental Health Services

To connect to mental health services such as counselling and treatment for mental health concerns you can contact:

 

For additional mental health services for residents of Algoma see our Support Services Directory

 

Online & Telephone Resources

There are many organizations in Ontario & Canada that provide virtual and telephone mental health and wellness support:

 

Name

Learn More or Call

Mental Health Helpline

https://www.connexontario.ca/

T: 1-866-531-2600

Talk Suicide

https://talksuicide.ca/

T: 1-833-456-4566

Health Connect Ontario

https://healthconnectontario.health.gov.on.ca/

T: 1-866-797-0007

Ontario Caregiver Helpline

https://www.ontariocaregiver.ca/

T: 1-833-416-2273

Kids Help Line

(Age 20 and under)

https://kidshelpphone.ca/

T: 1-800-668-6868

Good 2 Talk

(Post-secondary students)

https://good2talk.ca/

T: 1-866-925-5454

Talk 4 Healing

(Indigenous women)

https://www.beendigen.com/programs/talk4healing/

T: 1-888-200-9997

Hope for Wellness Helpline

(Indigenous peoples)

https://www.hopeforwellness.ca/

T: 1-855-242-3310

LGBT Youthline Ontario

(2SLGBTQ+ youth under 29)

https://www.youthline.ca/

T: 1-647-694-4275

Wellness Canada Together

https://www.wellnesstogether.ca/

Distress & Crisis Ontario

https://www.dcontario.org/ontx.html#

Mind Your Mind

https://mindyourmind.ca/

Anxiety Canada

https://www.anxietycanada.com/

Bounce Back Ontario

https://bouncebackontario.ca/

One Stop Talk

https://onestoptalk.ca/

Suicide Prevention Hotline

www.988.ca
T: 9-8-8