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Please reach out to Tracey Urquhart MA, BA Wellness Coordinator, located at Residence and Education Building, Main Floor, RE 106

403-407-9431

 Wellness@ambrose.edu

 

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What is mental health and wellness?

Wellness is a state of complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease. Wellness goes beyond physical health to include an individual's ability to identify and achieve goals, satisfy needs, and the ability to change and cope with the demands of our environment. Wellness is a dynamic concept created to ascertain the conditions that allow humans to flourish.

The Government of Canada (2006) defines mental health as "the capacities of each and all of us to feel, think and act in ways that enhance our ability to enjoy life and deal with the challenges we face. It is a positive sense of emotional and spiritual well-being that respects the importance of culture, equity, social justice, interconnections, and personal dignity. Mental health is fluid, which means that it changes throughout our lives and under changing circumstances.

 

What is mental illness or mental health problem?

"Mental illnesses are health problems that affect the way we think about ourselves, relate to others, and interact with the world around us. They affect our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. Mental illnesses can disrupt a person’s life or create challenges, but with the right supports, a person can get back on a path to recovery and wellness" (Canada Mental Health Association, 2016). Mental illnesses are diagnosed by a psychologist or health care professional and can include anxiety disorders, mood disorders (like depression), eating disorders, psychotic disorders (like schizophrenia), personality disorders, and dementia. Wellness practices can help to improve well-being for those living with a mental illness.

 

What to do if I'm struggling with my mental health?

 

What to do if someone else is struggling with their mental health?

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