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News Release

Support your mental health this World Mental Health Day

WHITBY, ON October 07, 2016 - Oct. 10 is World Mental Health Day and Durham Region Health Department is encouraging local residents to take care of their mental health by using strategies to support positive mental health. 

“The fall and winter seasons are often full of change, celebration and transition. Whether starting at a new school, beginning a new job or simply getting back into a fall routine, transitions are a time when a person’s mental health can be more vulnerable,” explained Jennifer Green, a public health nurse with the Health Department. “Just as you would think about how to take care of your physical health, it’s important to think about how you will care for your mental health.

“Having positive relationships, spending time with people who support you, staying positive and having both good physical and spiritual health are effective ways to protect your mental health during times of transition,” added Ms. Green.

Some simple strategies to support positive mental health may include:

  • Going for a fall walk and enjoying the leaves.
  • Getting enough sleep - an adult needs about seven to nine hours a night.
  • Eating a healthy diet - there is an abundance of local fresh fall fruits and vegetables.
  • Taking the time to do something you enjoy.
  • Allowing yourself enough time for rest.
  • Taking time to meditate.

The Health Department would like to know what residents do to support their mental health. On Oct. 11, visit the Durham Healthy Families at or, or the Health Department Twitter and Facebook pages at or and submit your favourite tip on how you take care of your mental health.

For more information on mental health, visit, or call Durham Health Connection Line at 905-666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729.

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Media inquiries:

The Regional Municipality of Durham:
Glendene Collins - Health Department, 905-668-7711 ext. 2999, or

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For more information, please contact Health Department.