Mental Illness Awareness Week: Sept. 30th – Oct. 6th
Mental illness is more common than you might realize. It is estimated that in any given year, one in five Canadians will suffer from a mental health problem or mental illness. You can be sure that if you don’t have a mental illness yourself, you know someone who does.
The most common mental illnesses are depression and anxiety. Many people with these illnesses don’t realize that they are living with a condition that can be diagnosed and treated, so they may not seek help.
Mental Illness Awareness Week is one way to get the word out about mental illness being around us, and maybe within us. It is also about sending the message that it is possible to recover. Various treatments, some of them involving medications, can help people with all kinds of mental illnesses.
Depression is feeling sad and without hope of feeling better. We all feel down at times, but if this feeling lasts for more than two weeks and gets in the way of everyday activities, it may be time to ask for help.
It is normal to feel fearful and anxious in stressful situations. If fear and worry are frequent, difficult to control, and interfere with daily life, this may be a sign of an anxiety disorder.
If you think you are suffering from a mental health problem, speak to a doctor. Your doctor can help you access treatment.
For more information about mental illness and mental health, please see the Canadian Mental Health Association – Fort Frances Branch website at www.cmhaff.ca.
Submitted by Cameron Airlie, Claudia Jung, and Alyson Martin, on behalf of the Sioux Lookout Office of the CMHA - Fort Frances Branch