What is mental health anyway?
Mental illness, mental health, well-being, mental wellness - all these words are being discussed more and more as awareness about mental illnesses grow. But, what do they all mean? Mental health is actually a positive concept and is something we all have and need to take care of.
This quick video from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) explains how important mental health really is.
Mental health is also a component of our overall health. As the World Health Organization says, "There is no health without mental health". The Ministry of Education also believes well-being is a necessary component to learning which they outline in their Well-being Framework.
Want to learn more about mental health? Check out these resources:
ABC's of Mental Health - A comprehensive list of signs and symptoms of mental health problems for children at any age from the Hincks-Dellcrest Institute.
About Kids' Health - information a variety of health topics, including
mental health and well-being from The Hospital for Sick Children (aka. Sick
Mental Health Ontario - advocacy and education website for Ontario Childrena and Youth Mental Health.
Healthy Minds Canada – a research and resource hub for mental health, including children and youth mental health and workplace wellness.
Lives in the Balance - Dr. Ross Greene's website on his well-known collaborative problem solving strategy. His mantra "kids do well if they can" is the message throughout with resources for parents and educators on supporting children with challenges.
Mind Your Mind – a for youth, by youth website with information on mental health and well-being as well as blogs, interactives, interviews, and personal expression.
School Mental Health ASSIST - a website with extensive resources for educators and information about what Boards across Ontario are doing to support mental health.
Teen Mental Health – a comprehensive website for educators, teens, and parents with interactive videos and vibrant magazines for everyone to better understand mental health and adolescence.
Trauma Response Tips for Parents – tips and strategies for each age group for supporting young people after a traumatic event from the Canadian Center for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response and National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
Anxiety BC - Reliable education and self-help for both youth and adults on a variety of anxiety disorders.
E-Mental Health - Info Sheets and Screening Tools from the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) on a variety of mental health problems that impact young people.
The Basics of Self-Care.pdf - one page with tips on how to take care of yourself!
Well-being Fact Sheet.pdf - two pages for parents on the Ministry of Education's Well-being Framework
The Choking Game Fact Sheet.pdf - one page on the dangers of risky choking "games"