Q1.  How can I access Mental Health Services?

A1.  Contact your local mental health service provider for program-specific information on mental health services.

Q2.  What is Mental Health?

A2.  Mental health means striking a balance in all aspects of one’s life: social, physical, spiritual, economic and mental. At times, the balance may be tipped too much in one direction and one’s footing has to found again. Everyone’s personal balance is unique and the challenge is to stay mentally healthy by keeping the right balance.

Mental health is as important as physical health. The World Health Organization (WHO) has always considered mental well-being as an integral part of the general definition of health. WHO defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. CMHA believes that everyone must have good mental health, including people living with mental illness on a daily basis. (Taken from Canadian Mental Health Association)

Q3.  What is Mental Illness?

A3.  Mental illness is the term used to refer to a variety of mental disorders that can be diagnosed. Mental disorders are health conditions that are characterized by alternations in thinking, mood, or behavior (or some combination thereof) associated with distress and/or impaired functioning. (Taken from Canadian Mental Health Association)

Q4.  What are mental health concerns in children and youth?

A4. Mental health concerns can include both emotional problems and behavioural problems. Emotional problems may include concerns about mood (usually sadness) or concerns about anxiety. Behavioural problems can include concerns with anger and violence, as well as difficulties paying attention.

All children and youth may experience brief problems with some or all of  these, but when the problem starts to interfere with school, family, or everyday living, it may be time to seek help. (Taken from Childrens Mental Health Ontario)

Q5.  I am a teacher. I am concerned about the behaviours of one of my students. What should I do?

A5.  Every school will have a protocol that teachers must follow when they observe behaviours that concern them. It is very important that you share your observations with the principal and the childs parents / guardians.