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News Release

Health Department observes World Mental Health Day

WHITBY, ON October 06, 2015 - Oct. 10 is World Mental Health Day and Durham Region Health Department is encouraging residents to learn about the difference between mental health and mental illness.

According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, one in five people in Canada will experience a mental illness or addiction each year. Although they can be related, mental health is not the same as mental illness. A mental illness is when a person is diagnosed with a problem that alters their thinking, mood and/or behaviour. Examples of this include depression or anxiety disorder.

While the statistics indicate that four out of five people won’t experience a mental illness or addiction in a year, this doesn’t necessarily mean they are doing well mentally. “Whether or not a person has a mental illness, it’s important for everyone to take care of their mental health,” said Mary June Peacock, a public health nurse with the Health Department.

Mental health is about how we think, feel and act. When our mental health is good, it helps us get the most out of life. Ms. Peacock noted, “we all have highs and lows in our mental health. A low period does not mean you have a mental illness. It’s normal to have feelings like anger, sadness or anxiety when facing challenges.

“We know how important it is for us to take care of our physical health and taking care of our mental health is essential as well. Good physical health and mental health helps us to cope with life’s stresses and reach our goals in positive ways.”

For more information about mental health, check out the “Mental Health is for Everyone” resource at, or call Durham Health Connection Line at 905-666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729.


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