Peer Support Centre: We're here to listen.
Mental Health Concerns
Mental health is something that every individual has to maintain; it is as much a part of our overall wellness as physical health. Whether it be grief, difficulties with a relationship, or stress, our mental health can be greatly affected by many different things. The Canadian Mental Health Association (CHMA) states that 20% of all Canadians will experience a serious mental health issue in their lifetime. According to the 2011 NCHA study, 8% of respondents from the U of A reported experiencing clinical anxiety, and 8% reported experiencing clinical depression. These are only a couple of the issues that people can be facing at some point in their lives.
People suffering from a serious mental health issue may exhibit a variety of signs which can be noticed by that person, and by others. Some of these signs include:
Lack of interest in things that used to be enjoyed
Problems with concentration, memory, or logical thinking
Dramatic changes in weight
Changes in sleep habit
There are many different mental health concerns, and many different ways they can present themselves; these are only a few of the ways!
What can I do?
Seek help! CMHA reports that only 49% of people who suffer from a serious mental health issue seek help from a doctor, and only 50% would discuss a mental health issue with someone else. The stigma around having a mental health issue prevents many people from seeking the help they need, even though that help could allow them to feel better.
Monday to Friday
9AM - 8PM
Peer Support Centre
Students' Union Building
University of Alberta
8900 - 114 Street NW