Mental health has continued to become a more openly discussed topic as we try and take away any stigma that exists around it. Sometimes in raising awareness we lose sight of some of the facts and tend to think "It's great that we are working to end the stigma but it is still not something that impacts me."
The truth is that 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental health illness at some point in their lives. Just as importantly, all Canadians will be indirectly affected by mental health through a family member or loved one. Whether we are part of the 1 in 5 or not, we are all part of the 5/5 and it is valuable for us all to have an idea how to navigate the issue, when, not if it arises.
Some of the Facts
Mental health issues can be attributed to a variety of factors, genetic, biological, environmental, and personality.
Around 9% of our teenage population has a depressive episode. The good news is 80% of the people affected can return to their previous state if they seek help!
4% of all hospital admissions are due to mental health related issues.
The cost of untreated mental health on the government system is equal to the cost of treated mental health. Avoiding the issues has no benefit.
The term "Mental Health" is used to refer to dozens of conditions not just depression or anxiety.
If you or someone you love is dealing with a mental illness how should you go about helping them and what treatment options are available?
Talking to your doctor is often a good first step. There are several options available through our health care system, however at times you may need to reach outside of the public system.
Our "classic" picture of what we think dealing with mental health looks like is often far from the truth. There are group sessions available, many different types of consultants and practitioners to speak with, and a wide variety of programs to participate in. Find the solution that works best for you or your loved one. If something isn't working for your situation try an alternative path.
The team at Elevate was fortunate to cross paths with an excellent practitioner in the field. Sharon Sheridan is our Mental Health and Wellness Consultant. She has experience dealing with both individual and family situations. Her approach is very holistic in nature and she takes time to address the connections between physical and mental health. If you or someone you know could benefit from her services please give her a call or email (email@example.com). She offers free consultations to make sure that the individual feels comfortable before proceeding. If you don't think it is the best fit for you, Sharon will happily direct you to other resources.