Mental Health Resources

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Mental Health and You

Mental health is more than the absence of a mental health condition or illness: it is a positive sense of well-being, or the capacity to enjoy life and deal with the challenges we face. Mental health impact each and every one of us.  We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health.  People living with a mental health issue or condition can experience positive mental health, and an individual may experience poor mental health without a mental health condition.  Mental health is not fixed. It is influenced by a range of factors, including our life experiences, workplace or other environments, and the social and economic conditions that shape our lives (or the social determinants of mental health).

What is a Mental Illness?

20% of Canadians will personally experience a mental illness in their lifetime. 49% of these people will not seek any medical or advice from their doctor. Mental Illness can take on many forms and they can affect people in all kinds of ways. There are different types of mental illnesses but they are similar in that without treatment, they can have a negative impact on a person’s daily life. People may experience different symptoms and challenges. A person’s access to services, support from people they care about, and the ability to participate in the community all contribute to how people experience mental illnesses.

What is Mental Health?

Mental health is finding a balance of social, physical, spiritual, economic and environmental health. Having good mental health brings you self-esteem, confidence and an overall sense of well-being. Our mental health is what shapes our perception of the world and how we interact in it. To achieve good mental health you have to work towards it and that can be more difficult for some of us due to the social and economic conditions that shape our lives (or the social determinants of mental health).

People living with a mental illness still deserve and can achieve mental health!

Do you need more information on Mental Health? Check out:
Canadian Mental Health Association North and West Vancouver Branch
Here to Help

Let’s get you connected!

We all play a role in supporting people working towards Mental Health. If you have questions about Mental Illness or would like some additional information, please visit:

Canadian Mental Health Association North and West Vancouver Branch

Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre at BC Children’s Hospital
Vancouver Coastal Health
Anxiety BC
North Shore Schizophrenia Society
North Shore Community Resources
Pacific Bipolar Foundation

Mental Health and Youth

There are specific resources made just for youth! If you have any additional questions or require more information please visit:
Mind Your Mind
Youth Anxiety BC
Mind Check
FORCE Society