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Mental health is an important part of your physical health and personal well-being. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, mental illnesses are characterized by changes in thinking, mood, or behaviour associated with significant distress and impaired functioning. Mental illness can take many forms. Examples include: mood disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, eating disorders, problem gambling, or substance dependency.
It is important to know that no matter how you are feeling, you are not alone. There is help out there.
Depression is an illness that causes you to feel sad, lose interest in activities you previously enjoyed, withdraw from other people, and have less energy. Learn more about the symptoms of depression, treatment options, when you should see a health care provider, and what it means to live with depression.
Experiencing mild to moderate anxiety is common. However, if you experience severe anxiety you may have feelings of helplessness, confusion, or extreme worry that are out of proportion with the seriousness or likelihood of the cause of your worry. Learn more about the symptoms of anxiety, home treatment advice, and what you can do to help prevent anxiety attacks.
If someone you know is threatening suicide, always take them seriously. Learn about the warning signs of suicide, what do to if someone threatens suicide, and what you can to do help.
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