The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

Take steps to care for your mental health this year

WHITBY, ON January 25, 2016 - Durham Region Health Department is encouraging residents to take care of their mental health this year.

"January is often a time for new beginnings and resolutions and while many people take steps to care for their physical health, we want people to know that it’s important to also care for their mental health," explained Mary June Peacock, a public health nurse with the Health Department.

Mental health is not the same as mental illness. Mental illness is when a person is diagnosed with a problem that alters their thinking, mood and/or behaviour such as depression, schizophrenia and anxiety disorders.  Mental health is about how we think, feel and act. Good mental health helps you get the most out of life.

According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, one in five Canadians will experience a mental illness or addiction each year; but, while four in five won’t, this doesn’t mean they are doing well mentally.

“Good mental health helps people to cope with life’s stresses and reach their goals,” added Ms. Peacock. “Small steps can make a big difference; being physically active, getting enough sleep, eating healthy and offering to help someone are all good ways to help improve mental health.”

For more tips and additional information, please visit and check out the Mental Health is for Everyone resource. Information is also available by calling Durham Health Connection Line at 905-666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729.

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