The more we learn about mental health and mental illnesses, the better equipped we are to maintain and improve mental health for ourselves and others. Whether you are looking for more information on a specific mental illness, need some tips on keeping your own mental health in balance, or are looking for help for yourself or someone you care about, we can help.
Find Help Now
In this section, you will find resources for getting help when you need it most. For tips on preventing and preparing for mental health emergencies, please see our page on Coping with Mental Health Crises and Emergencies.
Improving Mental Health
Mental health is not only the avoidance of a mental illness. Your mental health is affected by numerous factors from your daily life, including the stress of balancing work with your health and relationships. In this section you will find resources to help you stay mentally fit and healthy.
Mental illnesses are health problems that affect the mind—your thoughts, your emotions, your behaviours. There are many different mental illnesses, and they affect people in different ways. In this section, learn more about the different mental illnesses, learn more about treatment and recovery, and find help in your community.
Conventional approaches to homelessness suggest that people need to address the issues that caused their homelessness before they can be housed: this might include addictions, mental illness, unemployment, poverty and other issues. Housing First approaches recognize that being homeless causes extreme stress and makes all the other issues more complicated and difficult to address. Housing First programs finds people housing and supports them to meet the responsibilities of tenancy first. Once people have stable, safe housing they are much more able to address any other issues
Alcohol and Other Drugs
People use alcohol and other drugs for many different reasons, and how drugs and alcohol impact someone’s life depend on many different factors. In some cases, drug and alcohol use may cause few harms, or even be beneficial. For others, it may be more harmful. In this section, learn how you can make healthier, less harmful choices when you choose to use alcohol or other drugs.
The Bigger Picture
Mental health and well-being are so much bigger than one person. They include every part of our lives. When people have the right tools and supports in place, they can flourish regardless of health problems. When people do not have the support they need or are excluded, the entire community suffers.