How are you?
A simple question, isn’t it?
Answering the question “How are you doing?” may seem so simple. However, sometimes it can be difficult to give an honest answer to this question. Answering “No, I’m not okay” could mean that we are experiencing mental health problems.
According to the Canadian Mental Health Association,
Every year, one in five Canadians will be affected by a mental health problem or illness. However, this person may not have access to the resources needed to support them.
Mental health issues should never be overlooked
- Sleep disorders,
- dietary imbalances,
- accelerated heart rate,
“Move for mental health: let’s invest!”
According to the WHO, investment in this area of health is still too low and “relatively few people around the world have access to quality mental health services.”
This is the issue targeted by the ” Move for Mental Health: Let’s invest !” campaign. Produced by the WHO, United for Global Mental Health and the World Federation for Mental Health, it highlights the inadequacy of investments in this field compared to the growing demand.
For World Mental Health Day
In addition to professional help, small daily actions such as yoga, meditation, mindfulness, reading, and communicating in person or by phone can greatly aid the recovery process and mental well-being. So tomorrow, on World Mental Health Day, we invite you to take one or more positive actions to take care of your mental health or to support a loved one. For example,
- checking in with a friend or loved one,
- taking a moment to do something you enjoy,
- turning off your electronic devices to disconnect and live in the moment,
- learning about different ways to manage your stress,
To get through difficult times, various organizations offer a free, anonymous and confidential listening center. These resources allow you to confide in them, receive support and advice, and get assistance in finding the appropriate professional help. Here are some of them:
- Canadian Mental Health Association. May 14, 2020. “16 Strategies to Help You Thrive” : https://cmha.ca/16-strategies-to-help-you-thrive/
- Canadian Mental Health Association. January 12, 2020. “Mental health: what is it, really?” : https://cmha.ca/mental-health-what-is-it-really/
- World Health Organization. “World Mental Health Day 2020” : https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-mental-health-day/world-mental-health-day-2020/world-mental-health-day-campaign
- Saint-Bernard Academy. March 1, 2019. “Cardiovascular Risk Factors.” : https://academiesb.com/en/lexique/cardiovascular-risk-factors/