Understanding mental health
“How are you feeling?” “I’m feeling fine.” Does this question-and-answer sound familiar? Are you having a bad day at work due to stress, or might there be more going on? It can be challenging to know because assessing mental health is not an easy task. Statistics tell us one in three Canadians will face a serious mental health issue – like depression or anxiety – during their lifetime.1 But circumstances and stigma prevent many from reaching out for help.
What is stigma?
The word ‘stigma’ comes from ancient times. It’s generally associated with feelings of shame, and describes what happens when negative stereotypes or beliefs about others are imposed on a particular person or group of people.
In relation to mental health concerns and mental illness, stigma can be very serious. It can prevent a person from reaching out for help when they need it most, for fear of what others may think about them.Learn more about stigma
If you – or someone you know – are experiencing symptoms that could be related to a mental health condition or concern, it’s important to remember you’re not alone. One in three Canadians will face a serious mental health issue during their lifetime.1
Read on to learn more about certain mental health challenges, symptoms, and treatment options. This series, created by Manulife’s mental health specialists and Homewood HealthTM, provides information about different mental health conditions.
Resilience is a person’s ability to recover from life’s difficulties and stressors. It’s the ability to be strong and adaptable after something negative happens.
Many different resources can help build resilience, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) publishes resources, such as their Catalyst blog, which posts recovery-oriented information and personal accounts. Resources like these can help a person develop strategies for staying strong, optimistic and well.
Prevention and staying mentally healthy
Maintaining mental health is an ongoing process. Following a health care provider’s advice is one step. Changes to a treatment plan should only be made in consultation with your health care provider. But there are steps one can take to preserve one’s mental health.Learn more
Most mental illnesses and mental health concerns can be treated effectively. They have a high rate of recovery among those who access the appropriate care as soon as possible. The road to feeling well and living a fulfilling life starts with acknowledging that sometimes one needs help. It’s important to identify that moment – and take action.
If you (or someone you know) are not feeling like yourself, or if you feel you’re losing the ability to enjoy and cope with life, the articles below may provide helpful insights or links to further resources.