Life Promotion

Mental health is a state of wellbeing in which the way we think, handle stress, get things done, have fun, and believe in our own ability to build a happy, healthy life are all important components.


Talking about mental health alone can be difficult for many of us but more and more people are recognizing that mental health and wellbeing is an important part of our overall health. The World Health Organization states that “there is no health without mental health.”


Below are some web-based resources with further information and resources on mental health & wellbeing, and how to build your own mental health.


Mental Health: Strengthening our Response – World Health Organization

The World Health Organization lists key facts about mental health, as well as other relevant information.


What is the Meaning of the Term Mental Health? – Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

This video explains why mental health is an important part of our overall wellbeing. It shows how mental illness and mental health are connected and provides tips for taking care of our mental health.


How to Take Care of our Mental Health – Government of Canada

Good mental health is important for a healthy and happy life. Here are a number of ideas you can try to help you build a mentally healthy lifestyle.


Advice for Young People about Mental Health – Jack.Org

When things aren’t going well and you need advice from someone your age who “gets it” this website might help.   Here you can find answers to many questions young people have about mental health.


Things We Can Do to Build Good Mental Health – University of Toronto

A mentally healthy life is often built by taking part in activities that connect us to others and the world around us. Consider these tips on the “5 Ways to Wellbeing”.


Understanding Mental Health, Mental Illness and Wellbeing – Mental Wellness Network of Waterloo Region

Check out these definitions and see how they are connected. All are important for understanding our overall health and wellbeing.


Handling Stress


Stress is a part of life. Everyone at one time or another will experience stress, and the way we know we’re stressed can be different for each of us. Some of us can’t sleep, others might feel physically sick. Most of the time a stressful thing won’t last long- we’ll figure out a solution or it just works itself out. At other times, a stressful situation can last longer and affect our ability to live our life the way we normally would. It’s during these times that it’s important to try out the many ways that can help us manage and overcome stressful situations (American Psychological Association).


Below are some web-based resources with further information and resources on stress & how to handle stress in your life.


How do you Know You’re Stressed? – American Institute of Stress

Stress can affect both our emotional and physical health.  Learn how to recognize the signs of stress and what to do about it.


Stress in Your Everyday Life – American Psychological Association

Stressful situations can range from short lived and easily managed to lengthy more serious situations.  Recognizing our stress level and learning how to manage it will lead to a healthier happier life.


Workplace Stress –

Coping with stress in the workplace can be a challenge at times.  Some workplace stress is normal, but too much stress can affect how well we are doing at our job.  Learning about the signs of stress at work and tips for relieving stress can lead to a more fulfilling work life.


Stress at different Stages of Life – Centre for Studies on Human StressYoung people, Parents, Elders, and Workers experience stress for different reasons.  At every age there are different ways to cope with stress.


Building Strength and Resilience


When we’re stressed, it’s not uncommon to feel like we’re not strong enough to recover. Some people call this ability to recover from stressful, even scary situations, “resilience”. Resilience is not something we are born with, it involves “behaviors, thoughts and actions that can be learned and developed in anyone” (American Psychological Association). Resilience isn’t about “toughing it out” or “going it alone”. In fact, being able to reach out to others for support is a big part of being resilient (The Mayo Clinic).


Here are some web-based resources we’ve found that give further information on resilience and how you can build it.


Why is Resilience Important? – Mind Tools

How we view challenges and handle stress affects how we ensure a successful and happy life. This is one of the most important reasons for learning how to build resilience.


How We Think and Act Can Increase Resilience – Psychology Today

How we handle difficult situations in our lives is partly learned as children. However, there are a number of strategies that we can teach ourselves that will add strength to our ability to overcome life challenges.


The Road to Resillience – American Psychological Association

How do we deal with difficult events that change our lives? Building resilience and meeting life challenges is a journey that takes time and may include roadblocks. Anticipating those roadblocks can help us to plan for ways to overcome them.


Quick Tips for Building Resilience – Very Well

Finding a purpose in your life, and remaining optimistic are just two of the 10 ways we might focus on to become more resilient.


Resilient Children – Centre on the Developing Child – Harvard University

Why are some children more resilient than others?  Check out this video on the importance of building resilience in children.


When to Get Help? – The Mayo Clinic

Besides taking care of ourselves and learning from experience what are the other ways in which we might build resilience?  Sometimes we can’t do this by ourselves, but what are the signs that it’s time to get help?


Source: Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council