“1 in 5 Canadians annually will experience a mental health problem requiring professional help,” Reid Burke tells students

By Laura Hines
Feb. 7, 2014

There is no magic solution to achieving good mental health, it’s a complex issue people must work together on, says P.E.I.’s health minster.
Doug Currie was a speaker Feb.3, at Holland College to speak on behalf of the Canadian mental health association to encourage people to learn more about mental health.
Finances, relationships and education are just a few of the things that affect mental health, Currie said.
“We’re not alone. Staff at the college is ready to help whenever they can.”
Mental health is not a death sentence, said Reid Burke, executive director of the Canadian Mental health Association.
“You can develop strategies to maintain mental health.”
People are often embarrassed about their mental health problems. Only one child in five in Canada will receive the help they need, said Burke.
Each person’s experiences are different, said Amanda Brazil, director of programs and policy with the Canadian Mental Health Association in P.E.I.
“We’re all individuals and we all cope differently.”
Stress is our body’s response to life events and daily hassles, she said.
“Not all stressful situations are difficult.”
Having babies and getting married are positive events that cause stress.
“A first day could be exciting – but stressful.”
Depression reportedly affects twice as many women as men, however, it could be that more women reach out for help. People of working age, 24-44 years old, are the most affected, said Brazil.
“Depression is an illness, not a character flaw, not a weakness.”

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