NORTH GRENVILLE, ON - May 1 to 7, 2023 marks Mental Health Week, and the Municipality of North Grenville is reminding residents and business leaders that mental health resources are available to anyone who is struggling.
Mental health refers to your overall psychological well-being including the way you feel about yourself, the quality of your relationships and ability to manage your feelings and deal with difficult situations.
“The reality is one in five Canadians experience mental illness or mental health challenge,” highlighted Mayor Nancy Peckford. “Mental Health Week provides an opportunity to increase awareness of the small steps we can take to improve our mental health and support others.”
Below are a few tips on how you can boost your mental health by incorporating these practices into your day-to-day:
Connect with others – Evidence shows that positive social interactions improve our physical well-being. Quality face-to-face time can help boost your mood and reduce stress. The next best thing would be to call a friend or set up a video chat with a family member or loved one.
Stay active – Taking the time to engage in physical activities can have lifelong benefits for your physical, emotional and mental health. Even short, 10 minute bursts of stretching or walking can increase our mood, alertness and energy. Research shows that regular exercise can have significant positive impacts on anxiety, depression and negative mood.
Get outside – Spending time in nature is an easy way to reduce stress and stay physically healthy. North Grenville has continuously improved its trail system over the last decade. There are well maintained trails at Kemptville Campus, Ferguson Forest and Limerick, as well as more urban trails including the Rail Trail, and the Settlers Trail in the heart of North Grenville. Visit www.NGTrails.ca for the list of local trails.
Develop Healthy Habits – We all know eating a balanced diet and getting enough sleep does a body good. Consider eating brain-healthy foods such as fatty fish rich in omega-3s, nuts, avocados, beans, leafy greens and fresh fruit.
Make time for yourself – Building self-care into your daily or weekly routine can greatly improve resilience and prevent burnout. Set aside time during the day to do something you enjoy like reading a book, gardening or spending time with your family.
Get help if you need it – If you or a loved one needs support, there are many resources available in our community.
Lanark, Leeds & Grenville Mental Health and Additions: www.llgamh.ca | 24/7 Crisis Line 1-866-281-2911
Distress Centre Lanark, Leeds and Grenville: www.developmentalservices.com | Crisis Line
Victim Services Leeds and Grenville (support in North Grenville): Contact Sherri at
Children’s Mental Health of Leeds & Grenville: www.cmhlg.ca | 613-498-4844
Kids Help Phone: www.kidshelpphone.ca |1-800-668-6868 TEXT 686868
Family & Children’s Services of Lanark, Leeds, & Grenville: 1-855-667-2726 | www.fcsllg.ca
Parent’s Lifeline of Eastern Ontario (PLEO): www.pleo.on.ca/
Ontario Mental Health Portal: www.mindbeacon.com/
Government of Canada’s Wellness Together portal: www.wellnesstogether.ca/en-CA
Canadian Mental Health Association: www.cmha.ca/
For a full list of Community supports and resources visit our website: https://www.northgrenville.ca/community-and-culture/resources/community-supports
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