What is Mental Health?

What is mental health?


Mental health is a state of well-being in which you realize your own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively, and are able to make a contribution to your community.

Mental health and well-being contribute to our quality of life and to our ability to enjoy life. Good mental health is associated with better physical health, education, employment, and rich social relationships.


How do I know if I need help?

If you think you need help, the best thing you can do is ask.

We will all experience varying levels of need related to our mental health at different times during our lives. Sometimes, your mental health will be challenged by short-term reactions to difficult situations such as school pressures, work-related stress, relationship conflict, or grieving the loss of a loved one. These challenges are usually eased with time and informal support.

At other times, you may require more specialized assistance. These can occur at any time of life- you may need help as a child, as an adult or as an elder.

No one is immune – no matter where you live, what your age, or what you do in life.

Estimates suggest that, in any given year, about one in every five people living in Canada will experience diagnosable mental health problems or illnesses.


Where can I get help in the NWT?

Where do I start?

If you think you need help beyond what your friends and family can provide, start with a health care professional or the Community Counselling Program in your community. You can find the program through your local Health and Social Services.

They can provide counselling or guide you to other help that may be available.