“…the capacity of each and all of us to feel, think, and act in ways that enhance our ability to enjoy life and deal with the challenges we face. It is a positive sense of emotional and spiritual well-being that respects the importance of culture, equity, social justice, interconnections and personal dignity.” ~Public Health Agency of Canada’s definition of mental health.
Did you know that in Canada, one person in five will experience some problem with their mental health in the course of a year? One in three will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime! Mental health is a very big issue, and one that we need to raise awareness about! (Tweet This).
How to help people dealing with a mental health issue:
Assess the risk of suicide and/or harm.
Give reassurance and information.
Encourage the person to get appropriate professional help.
Encourage other supports, (i.e. Crisis Center or helplines).
Rather than referring to an individual by saying “that depressed person” we should say “a person experiencing depression” or “a person with depression.” It is important not to imply ownership when referring to the individual.