Mental health problems and illnesses can take many forms and maintaining your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Yet, mental illnesses are still feared and misunderstood by many people. One of the best ways to stop this fear and reduce the stigma around mental health issues is education.

All mental illnesses can be treated. Some of the most common mental health problems and illnesses include:

  • Substance-related disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Deliberate self-injury

The key to maintaining mental wellness is striking a balance in all aspects of your life: social, physical, spiritual, economic and mental. Reaching that balance is a learning process. Some life challenges that can affect mental health include:

  • Anger
  • Stress
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Childhood/Ageing
  • Grief
  • Parenting

The Mental Health Commission of Canada offers a host of resources, tools and training programs aimed at increasing mental health literacy, improving the mental health and well-being of all people living in Canada and creating a mental health system that can truly meet the needs of people living with mental health problems and illnesses and their families and caregivers: