The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

Learn how you can improve your mental health during Mental Health Week, May 4 to 10

WHITBY, ON May 01, 2015

In recognition of Mental Health Week, May 4 to 10, Durham Region Health Department is encouraging residents to check out “Mental Health is for Everyone”, a new resource that supports positive mental health.

“Good mental health is important for everyone as it helps us to cope with life’s stresses and reach our goals,” explained Jenn Sullivan, a public health nurse with the Health Department.

Mental health is not the same as mental illness, although they can be related. A mental illness is when a person is diagnosed with a problem that alters their thinking, mood and/or behavior. Examples could include depression and anxiety disorder.

“Mental health is about how we think, feel and act,” Ms. Sullivan added. “When our mental health is good, it helps us to get the most out of life. 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.”

Learn about things that protect your mental health and things that put it at risk. For more information about mental health, call Durham Health Connection Line at 905-666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729, or visit .

Media inquiries:

The Regional Municipality of Durham:

Glendene Collins – Health Department, 905-668-7711 ext. 2999

If this information is required in an accessible format, please contact the Accessibility Co-ordinator at 1-800-372-1102 extension 2009.

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For more information, please contact Health Department.