MIND YOUR HEALTH
Brampton Multicultural Community Centre's Mind Your Health Program is a culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate self-awareness program about Mental Health. Its goal is to raise awareness, reduce stigma and promote mental health and well-being of the individuals and families from diverse backgrounds, so that they can enhance their ability to adapt to change, cope with challenges, engage in productive activities and contribute to their community.
- Assessment & Referral,
- Case Management Services,
- Peer Support Groups,
- Mental Health Workshops, and
- Life Skills Training.
This is a free service that is offered to individuals ages 24 and up and their families. If you or a loved one are experiencing any mental health issues and would like to seek support, BMC can help! Contact our Mental Health Counsellor at (905) 790-8482.
This service can be offered in Punjabi, Hindi and Urdu upon request.
What is Mental Health?
A balance between the physical, social, mental, economic, emotional, and spiritual health. It is one's ability to cope with the ups and downs of life and have high self-esteem and confidence. Lastly, it is about how one thinks, feels and behaves.
What is Mental Illness?
Mental illness is a health problem which affects a person's thinking, emotions, mood, behavior, and how he interacts with others. It affects people of all ages, educational levels, income levels, social classes, religions and cultures.
Is it Common?
Surprisingly, yes. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association (2013), more than 450 million people suffer from mental health issues in the world; while in Canada 1 in every 5 (20%) individuals will suffer from such issues.
What are the causes?
Based on ongoing research the causes include a combination of Genetics, Biology and Environmental Stressors. In addition, one's lifestyle, socioeconomic status, alcohol/substance abuse, negative or traumatizing life experiences and family history can also play a role in onset or relapse of mental health issues.
Who can be affected?
It can affect anyone irrespective of age, education, income level, gender, nationality, religion and status. As previously mentioned 1 in every 5 Canadian adults will have a mental illness.
Is there a cure?
With adequate treatment and support, mental health issues are treatable.
What are the Treatment Options?
The first step is early assessment. Once a professional can provide a diagnosis, treatment can include counseling (i.e. short or long term Individual, Family or Group Counselling), accessing social support (from family, friends and the community), training and workshops, and medication.
There are various professionals that can provide treatment such as Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Counsellors, and etc. These services are available in hospitals, community mental health agencies and health clinics.
Canadian Mental Health Association. (2013). Mental health: What is mental illness?
Retrieved from: http://www.cmha.ca/mental_health/what-is-mental-illness/