World Mental Health Day is observed internationally on October 10th
The World Health Organization (WHO) confirms that one in five adults experience impacts related to mental health issues. And yet, creating safe spaces to openly talk about our mental health can still be a challenge.
Learning more about optimal mental health, and supporting ourselves and each other are ways we can combat the judgment and stigma that continue to surround this conversation.
What is Optimal Mental Health?
It’s different for each of us and is strongly related to how active a role we take in caring for our mental health needs. The article The Mental Health Continuum: From Languishing to Flourishing in Life further explains how the absence of a mental health illness does not necessarily mean you will experience optimal mental health.
Some of the following factors also impact the ability to achieve optimal mental health:
- Navigating and accessing adequate supports
- Affordability of supports
- Knowledge of available resources
Mental Health Stories from Our Community
U of A students and staff who have been impacted by mental health are helping reduce the stigma by sharing their own stories. These community members show us that it’s possible to flourish with appropriate supports in place. Help share their story through the Dean of Students Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
What can you do?
Take part in conversations around mental health awareness, including:
- Mental illnesses
- Helpful strategies we can use to preserve our mental wellness
- Available treatment and prevention options
Take a few minutes to: