National Mental Health Week - May 5-11, 2014
Mental Health Week is designed to encourage people across Canada to consider the role that mental health plays in our daily lives. This week is a time to raise awareness about mental health and all the ways it impacts us, our loved ones, our friends, co-workers and society.
It is estimated that 1 in 5 adult Canadians will suffer from a mental disorder at some point in their lives. Anxiety disorders and depression are the most common. It is also reported that mental health problems place an estimated $14.4 billion total economic cost on Canadians.
So how do we maintain Mental HEALTH?
For 2014 National Mental Health Week, Alberta Health Services has devised a series of simple steps that you can use to take care of your mental health and overall wellness. This is a Mental Health Week Challenge that we at the Leduc Beaumont Primary Care Network would like to extend to as well.
Day 1: Food and Mood
Each day during Mental Health Week a new challenge will be presented, so be sure to check back on the blog each day this week for the next challenge.
Additional Mental Health Resources:
Canadian Mental Health Association Mental Health Fact Sheet
Canadian Mental Health Association Woman’s Mental Health Fact Sheet
Sheila Gothjelpsen is a Registered Psychologist with the Leduc Beaumont Devon Primary Care Network.