Caring for your mental health

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When we talk about mental health, more often than not, it is awkward because we immediately correlate it with illness. It does not have to be that way. Mental health, also known as emotional health, “refers to your overall psychological well-being. It includes the way you feel about yourself, the quality of your relationships, and your ability to manage your feelings and deal with difficulties” (Helpguide.org).

Mental health, also known as emotional health, “refers to your overall psychological well-being. It includes the way you feel about yourself, the quality of your relationships, and your ability to manage your feelings and deal with difficulties” (Helpguide.org)

And just like physical health, it takes effort to keep it strong. You will need to effectively balance stress and emotions to keep you functioning in the best possible way. There is no shame in exploring options for staying healthy and mentally fit. Just as people choose different diets, you can adapt a mental health regimen that best fits you.

Newcomers to a new country are expected to experience many stressful situations. These can range from the challenges of adapting to a new culture to the struggle of establishing a career. This can make you prone to anxiety or depression which can greatly affect not only your emotional, but your physical health as well. Another factor is the weather in Manitoba. Especially if you are not accustomed to a colder climate, it can cause changes in moods or lessen motivation. In fact, even the loss of familiar things around you could affect your general outlook in life. This episode of The Agenda with Steve Paikin talks about such changes and the emotional trauma immigrants face in their transition into a new country:

In Manitoba, there is great emphasis on making mental health care accessible and easily available to everyone. The province has a host of services and supports available from information on mental health to counseling and intervention. There are even social and recreational programs designed to assist persons with mental health issues. You can find many mental health resources on the Canadian Mental Health Association site. You can click on the Newcomers and Refugees section for a list of organizations and resources you can access for health, employment, legal aid, and safe places.

If one of these days you find yourself feeling down, counseling services are available in many of these immigrant serving organizations. You can also talk to professional counsellors by dialing one of these Crisis Services lines for more urgent support.

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Community Resources

Mental-Health-Resource-Guide-for-Winnipeg-19th-Edition-2015 is a downloadable resource and a complete reference for centres and agencies that can help you and your family. It is a treasure trove of helpful tips for managing stress and maintaining mental health, and links to various resources.

The article Improving emotional health from Helpguide.org provides sound strategies and tips for good mental health.

Information on Community Mental Health programs is available at the Winnipeg Health Region.ca site.

There are several Addictions Agencies serving adults in Manitoba. If you need help for youth under 18, you can refer to this list: Additions agencies for youth under 18.

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Caring for your mental health

Select the correct definition for each word as used in the article above.

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