Mental health affects people of all ages. Research shows that one in five Canadians will experience a mental illness or issue in any given year. The City of Mississauga wants to remind residents that it’s never too late to take care of their mental health.
Through continued discussions about mental health, the goal is to normalize conversations around this important topic. The more we talk about mental health, the easier it becomes for people to access the resources they need that can help. We need to end the stigma.
Below are a few positive mental health practices that everyone can incorporate into their day:
- Stay active– find a trail or park near your home. Mississauga offers many green spaces for everyone to enjoy. Getting some fresh air daily is a mood booster and a helpful way to reduce stress and stay physically active.
- Learn a new skill or try a new activity– the City offers a variety of creative virtual activities for all ages and abilities from the comfort of your own home, including arts and crafts, fitness, literacy and learning.
- Stay connected – set time aside during the day to do something you enjoy, like reading, spending time outdoors or being with family and friends. Building self-care into your routine can prevent burnout and improve alertness.
If you or someone you know is facing mental health issues, reach out to them. There is help and resources available. The City and community partners like the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) offer access to many resources to support mental health.
- Call 811 – provides expert health care advice and saves unnecessary visits to the emergency room.
- Canadian Mental Health Association – Peel Dufferin
- Connex Ontario
- Wellness Together Canada
- Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Resources
Take this time to start a conversation, reach out to others or learn about the many mental health resources in your community.
SOURCE City of Mississauga