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Mental Health and Mental Illness in Children and Youth: Fact Sheet for Parents and Caregivers
What is Mental Health? Mental health (like our physical health) is a resource for living. It allows us to learn, work, play and find enjoyment in life. It helps us through tough times.   From a child or teen’s point of view, mental health means… I feel like I have things to live for I feel that people care about me I feel hopeful and good about the future I feel in control of my life I like myself I’m satisfied, content or happy with life What is Mental Illness? People have mental health problems or mental illnesses when problems with thoughts, feelings or ...
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Mental Health and Mental Illness: Youth Edition
Mental Health vs. Mental Illness  Many people talk about mental health and mental illness as if they were the same thing. But they’re not the same thing at all.    For starters, mental health is something we all have. Mental illness only affects some people. Just like physical health, there are some things that you can do to be mentally healthy and reduce your chances of developing a mental illness.  What is Mental Health?  Mental health is your brain’s ability to:  Make sense of and interact with the world around you;  Enjoy life;  Realize your personal ...
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So You Want to be Happy? Information for Teens
Introduction Everyone wants to be happy, i.e. have mental wellness, the state of well-being where we feel contentment, love, satisfaction, pleasure or joy. Throughout history, people have struggled to find the secret to happiness. What’s the Secret to Being Happy? Is it having fun all the time, like playing video games and watching movies all day? As it turns out, living a life of leisure does not lead to happiness… Happiness (and Mental Wellness) is about Belonging, Purpose, Hope and Meaning Happiness (and mental wellness) is a positive side effect that happens when you live a life with belonging, purpose, meaning and hope (Health ...
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Straight Talk About Mental illness: Information for Siblings
About 1 in 5 young people experience a mental illness like anxiety or depression before their 18th birthday. Chances are you probably already know someone with mental illness, like a friend, classmate or teammate. Sometimes, it’s a brother or sister coping with a mental illness. When this happens, it can be hard to know what the right thing is to do or say. It can also be confusing if you don’t have a good understanding of mental illness. This information sheet should help answer some questions for you. Ways to help your brother or sister “Do’s”   Some things that could help: Do be open and ...
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