The Public Health Agency of Canada defines mental health as “the capacity to feel, think and act in ways that enhance our ability to enjoy life and deal with the challenges we face. It is a positive sense of emotional and spiritual well-being that respects the importance of culture, equity, social justice, interconnections, and personal dignity”.
Some people think that only people with mental illnesses must pay attention to their mental health. But the truth is that your emotions, thoughts, and attitudes affect your energy, productivity and overall health. Good mental health strengthens your ability to cope with everyday hassles and more serious crises and challenges. Good mental health is essential to creating the life you want.
No matter how stressful your situation, you can take steps to promote your wellbeing. We're not talking about huge changes to your lifestyle, either. We're talking about reasonable steps that if used consistently can increase your comfort and boost your ability to build a rewarding life.
“Wellness” is a lifelong process of becoming aware of the choices and decisions you make, and how they can help you live a more balanced and fulfilling life. Although different areas of your life – such as family, work and physical health – may seem separate, they’re actually all connected so that when something in one area changes, it can affect other areas as well. Our mental wellbeing depends on our ability to keep everything in balance as best we can. The Wheel of Well-Being is a tool that can help you keep things in balance and in perspective.
This website offers helpful and evidence-based tools and resources that can support your understanding of mental health and mental disorders among youth (between ages 12-25)
Live Your Life Well campaign shares ten proven tools to help you feel stronger and more hopeful. Check out each page for easy-to-follow tips including how to eat well and how to stay positive.
Back on Campus offers staff helpful information on how mental health impacts student life.
Simon Fraser University Health Promotion offers resources for faculty and staff to create campus conditions that enhance wellbeing within learning environments.