Category: About Mental Illness (page 1 of 4)

Preventing Death by Suicide in Canada

Each day, an average of 10 Canadians die by suicide. That’s over 3650 deaths per year that could have been prevented. With September 10th being World Suicide Prevention Day, we’re going to take this month to explore the common misconceptions about suicide, how we can prevent it for ourselves and loved ones, and what Canada can do to decrease this problem.

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From Suicide Prevention to Life Promotion

Indigenous youth in Canada are at a higher risk of death by suicide than most other demographics. In fact, the leading cause of death for Indigenous youth is suicide and self-inflicted injuries. How can we prevent more deaths in Indigenous communities? The answer may lie in shifting from suicide prevention to life promotion. 

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Getting Outside: The Impact of Nature on Our Mental Health

Person Walking OutsideNo one can argue that getting outside isn’t important for our mental health. Something about feeling the breeze, inhaling fresh air, and observing the world around us makes us feel good. Those living in big cities, like Toronto, are often surrounded by more man-made structures than trees. But even in cities, it’s possible to find some green space!  If you live in an urban centre, make connecting with nature a priority – not just because it’s fun, but because it benefits your mental health. 

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Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Woman Hands on ChestOf all the mental illnesses Canadians may experience, anxiety disorders are the most common. 12 per cent of Canadians will develop an anxiety disorder, yet most won’t know where or how to find help. Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) can sometimes look like typical stress and nervousness, but it has many unique traits that make it more challenging to live with. Here’s everything you need to know about GAD. 

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What is Schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that affects 300,000 Canadians. It is often characterized as a thought disorder that can cause hallucinations, paranoia, and false beliefs. These, in turn, can lead to erratic thoughts and behaviours and sometimes even psychosis. The onset of schizophrenia occurs in young adults between 18 and 35, with symptoms tending to emerge earlier for men than for women.  

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