World Mental Health day
Today, October 10th, 2023, is the 75th World Mental Health Day. This day allows people from all around the world to raise awareness of mental health issues and mobilize efforts to tackle the growing mental health problem.
Source: CAMH; Mental Health Statistics
Mental health is an important aspect of physical health. Good mental health allows a person to reach their potential and deal with the normal stresses of life. Subsequently, poor mental health can affect every aspect of your physical health. Mental illness and substance use disorders are leading causes of disability in Canada.
Unfortunately, there is still a large stigma when it comes to mental health issues. In 2019, a survey showed that 75% of respondents said they would be reluctant to disclose a mental illness to an employer or co-worker. However, 76% of respondents stated that they themselves would be comfortable and supportive towards a colleague with a mental illness.
No one person is immune to mental health issues. It is important to not feel ashamed about speaking to someone about your mental health concerns and seek help. Seeking help early can make a huge difference so it is important to recognize the signs of decreasing mental health and seek medical help early.
Ottawa Mental Health resources
If you are in crisis, it is important to get help as quickly as possible.
Call the Mental Health Crisis Line (24/7) at 613-722-6914, or if outside of Ottawa call toll-free at 1-866-996-0991.
If you are a youth in crisis, contact the Youth Services 24/7 Crisis Line at 613-260-2360, or if outside of Ottawa call toll-free at 1-877-377-7775.
IF YOU (OR YOUR CHILD) ARE EXPERIENCING THOUGHTS OF SUICIDE OR HARMING YOURSELF, CALL 9-1-1 FOR IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE.
ADDITIONal OTTAWA BASED SERVICES
Source: Ottawa Public Health; Mental Health, Addictions, and Substance Use Health Resource List
You're not alone
The most important thing to remember is that you are not alone. Ottawa is full of services and programs that are designed to help you in times of need. There are also services on a provincial and federal level that you can access. Not only is there help available but you deserve help to get through any difficult times or situations.