You are not alone. There is help.
If you are in a crisis, please call:
Calgary’s Distress Centre (free 24/7 crisis line): 403-266-HELP (4357); (TTY for the hearing impaired: 403-543-1967)
ConnecTeen 24-hr support line: 403-264-TEEN (8336)
Kids Help Phone (24/7 support line): 1-800-668-6868
Types of support:
There are many different types of support for anyone experiencing changes in mood. Treatment is different for all individuals, and may include a combination of multiple approaches to ensure that you are feeling better.
Treatments your doctor might prescribe could include one or more of the following:
- Medication can be very important in treating certain mental illnesses. Since we are each different, a treatment might not work the same way for you as it would for someone else. If you need to take medication for mental health support, you might have to try different medications until you find the right “fit.” It’s also important to remember even the right medication can take some time to stabilize a mental illness. While it can seem frustrating, it’s worthwhile to find the right medication that works for you.
- Counselling and psychotherapy can be very valuable in a mental health treatment program. There are different professionals and healthcare workers who can provide psychotherapy and/or counselling.
- Counsellors can provide support, resources and assistance to people who need help making positive changes or informed choices in their lives. Counsellors assist people to better understand themselves by explaining options, and helping people to set goals and take action. They will first spend time talking with you to help get a clear idea of the problem and to determine what options are available. Then they will help you decide the best course of action.
- Psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in mental health. Psychiatrists may diagnose, prescribe medications and provide psychotherapy for people with a mental illness. A family doctor’s referral is usually required for psychiatric assessment and therapy.
- Psychologists can provide psychotherapies (treatment of mental illness through psychological means), such as cognitive therapy (helps patients learn to effectively change their thinking, feelings and behaviour). Psychologists work on a broad range of issues and often specialize in a particular type of psychology, but do not prescribe medications. Therapy may address specific forms of diagnosable mental illness, everyday problems in our personal lives and relationships or in meeting personal goals.
- Social workers help people deal with personal and social problems in a one-on-one setting or through programs that benefit groups or communities.
Healthy lifestyle choices:
Healthy lifestyle choices can improve our mental health, but they should not be used as a substitute for a doctor or other professional diagnosis or treatment. Many people find a combination of strategies most helpful.
- Self-help groups: In these groups people in similar situations can share their own experience, tools they use to manage their mental health issue and can support one another.
- Dietitian or naturopathic medicine: Nutritional counselling can provide education on healthy food choices and a balanced diet to improve overall health, including mental health. Naturopathic practice emphasizes the body’s potential to heal itself and focuses on prevention and balance. Practitioners can provide options and education about natural ways to heal the body.
- Physical exercise: Exercise enhances mood and improves overall health. Physical exercise can include anything from running, walking, swimming, biking, sports or yoga.
- Meditation: Some people find meditation helps with stress relief and improved focus. Mindfulness meditation (focusing on the present, not allowing the mind to wander) has been found to be very helpful for all individuals, particularly in times of stress.
- Spirituality: Exploring one’s spiritual options through a faith leader or local faith community can provide an individual with additional support and purpose in their lives.
Using an educational-based approach, Discovery College offers courses to help young people recognize and develop their own resourcefulness and awareness in order to support themselves in their own mental wellness. The courses and content have been built, imagined and lead by our young people!
If you are between the ages of 16 and 24 come join us to discover the meaning and purpose in your journey. It’s an opportunity to really delve into who you are, what you want out of life and the possibilities available to you because of all the hidden qualities you possess. Discovery College is about learning from each other, sharing experiences and ideas and exploring your own interests and potential outside the limits of mental health.
Join a relaxed environment where everyone is equal and there are no “rights” or “wrongs”.
Participate in groups with others who will listen without judgement, offer support in who you are as a person, and learn what actually works to help you stay healthy and be the best version of who you are meant to be.
Take action and learn to become an expert in your own wellbeing today!