Monday, 5 May 2014

Mental Health Week

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.  
Today’s challenge:

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.