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Transcript of Mental Health
Approx 2/10 of Canadian youth are affected by mental illness
Anxiety and depression are among the most common diagnosed mental illnesses amoung youth
suicide accounts for 24% of all deaths among 15-24 year olds
In many cases it can be prevented (through support, coping strategies)
Early intervention is key to recovery!
Long period of extreme sadness/despair
Almost all aspects of life can be affected including: emotions, physical health, ability to concentrate at school, etc)
Chemical imbalance in the brain (low serotonin levels)
Could be connected to other medical conditions -- It's important to connect with a professional!
What is anxiety?
It's a natural response to stressors, or fears
Referred to as Fight, Flight or Freeze response
Physical/mental responses (heart rate increases, sweat, butterflies in stomach, muscles tense up)
It is something that everyone experiences from time to time
What is mental health?
Affects how we feel and think and understand the world!
Differs from person to person and how we deal with stress
Can be influenced by biology (i.e. family history of depression, person's physical health)
Stressors in one's life (i.e, school, break up, death in the family, loss of job etc..)
Resilience - our experiences of letting things go or moving on from stressful situations
It's not the situation that matters but how we view it
Anxiety and You!
It is a problem when it interferes with your everyday life. EXAMPLES:
If you are constantly tense, worried or stressed
You are plagued by fears and you can't shake them
You believe that something bad will happen if you don't do things a certain way
You avoid friends, school or activities you enjoyed before
You experience sudden attacks of fear (heart pounding, difficulty breathing)
Recovery and Coping
flat affect (showing no emotion)
reduced interest in things you enjoy
Insomnia (can't sleep)
fatigue or loss of energy
feeling of worthlessness
suicide ideation (thoughts) or attempts
Not cleaning or not taking care of your physical self
Drug and alcohol misuse
Created for you by Youth Workers
symptoms of Depression
Four Elements to Recovery:
Find meaning in life (contributing to your community, participating in events, volunteering, etc)
Finding and maintaining hope
Recognizing your positive self
Taking responsibility for your life=
What is Self-care?
Taking time to do things that serve your well-being
i.e, creating a routine, eating well, exercising, sleep hygiene, take meds if prescribed
i.e, walks, friends, music, etc.
"What gets you stoked?"
Great Mental Health Websites:
Further Resources For You!
What Should You Do?
Don't ignore it!
Early treatment is key!
Seek support from any adult you feel comfortable to talk with ( i.e, youth workers, counsellors, teachers, parent)
See your doctor- remember only a mental health professional can diagnosis a mental health condition
Kids Help Phone
VCH Youth Clinics:
Youth Mental Health Intake
Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre
"Even the darkest night will
end and the sun will rise"
"I am a person, not a mental health problem"
"You don't have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you."
- Dan Millman
"The only way out is through."
- Robert Frost
"Mental illness is not a choice, but recovery is"
"Your present circumstances don't determine where you go; they merely determine where you start"
"It is only in sorrow bad weather masters us; in joy we face the storm and defy it."
Thank You for listening
What is STIGMA?
Negative attitudes or beliefs around mental illness
Stigma can prevent people from actually understanding mental illness
Stigma can prevent people with mental illness from seeking help
How do we change harmful attitudes and beliefs around mental health?
Awareness - Education
Using non-judgmental language
Ask questions, be genuinely curious
How can you support someone close to
you who is struggling with mental health issues?
How can you take care of yourself?
Getting to Know you...
Explain the tree metaphor
The presentations: mental health, stigma, anxiety & depression, resources .....
Getting to Know You
Introduce the Person Next to You
One thing they are passionate about that we may not know
Rhianna Explain the Tree Metaphor
Leaves: Stressors in your life
Roots: Supports & personal resources
Sunlight: Passions & aspirations
Mental Health is a Spectrum
We can think of
our physiological &