Mental health takes on all shapes and sizes, as with any kind of illness, it can come in a variety of forms. The spectrum of one’s experience can alter from manageable to debilitating. Mental illness is often something we do not see outright, like with a broken leg or the flu, so it is important that we vocalize our state of mind. Although at first it can feel difficult, more open dialogue encourages others to share their experiences.
This feature is presented in support of CAMH One Brave Night for Mental Health®.
What are some coping strategies that you use to feel in a state of well-being?
Dana Snow, 21, Curator:
I read somewhere that you should treat your mental health the same way that you treat your physical health, and I completely agree with that statement.
If you eat a ton of junk food one night, you might try to counteract that by eating food that is healthy the next day. When it comes to my mental health, I always try to counteract. A lack of sleep and stress is counteracted by taking the time to rest and look after my well-being.
Kong Cai, 22, Graphic Designer:
For me, laughter is the best medicine. It’s nice to know that I can reach out to my friends, who will listen to me rant and try to cheer me up… Mental health isn’t simple, but my coping strategies are – I try to do whatever it is that will make me happy in that moment. I’ll watch comedy or listen to music, those things always put me in a better mood.
Meredyth Kutt, 21, Artist:
I use my artwork as a method to keep in a state of well-being. I find that channeling emotion into a creative project, whether that be through drawing, writing, painting, or any other creative form, can be used as a therapeutic outlet – It’s a really helpful strategy in maintaining a healthy state of mind.
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One in five Canadians will experience a mental illness. A friend. Someone you love. Maybe even you.
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