When a family member has a mental illness

Although many people think that mental illness does not affect "normal" families, scientists have found that this isn't the case. In reality, in any given year more than 1 in 4 adults experience symptoms of mental illness -- which may range from a mild impairment to a significantly disabling condition -- according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Mental health conditions may develop at any time and occur in adults and children of all ages and backgrounds.

Choosing a counsellor or therapist

Some of the challenges that you may be facing in your personal life or at work may seem too big to handle on your own. You may feel overwhelmed by everyday demands or find it hard to enjoy life. Maybe you're having trouble sleeping or concentrating at work. Perhaps you and your partner are arguing more or your child is having problems at school or seems "down." There are many different reasons that you or a family member may seek professional counselling.

Mental health disorders in children

Serious behavioural and emotional problems are common in children. About 1 in 5 children has or will have a mental disorder at some point in their lives, the National Institute of Mental Health has found


Being grateful for one's blessings is a key ingredient of happiness. People who practice gratitude feel better about their lives: They are more optimistic, are more likely to achieve their goals, and are happier overall.

Stress and depression at work

Most of us find our jobs stressful at times. We may feel we have too much to do, not enough support or available resources, a job where we feel little satisfaction, or problems with managers or co-workers. We may also have problems at home that make it hard to concentrate or stay productive at work. Often these feelings of stress are temporary. They go away after we have met an urgent deadline, finished a major project, or resolved a family crisis.

Finding support in a crisis when you feel alone

Ways to find help and support from people and organizations when you feel alone in a crisis

Returning to work after a disability leave

Most people look forward to returning to work after a disability leave. It's a chance to reconnect with co-workers, re-engage with work, and get back to old routines. But the transition back to work can also be difficult. You may be returning with new priorities in your life or new restrictions on what you can do. Whatever your situation, there are ways to help smooth your return.

Health benefits for retirees

What health coverage will you need in retirement? As the cost of providing group benefits increases, fewer employers are providing retiree health benefits. However, many people heading towards retirement are unsure of what financial burden they may face when they're no longer covered by their employer-sponsored benefits plan.

Managing holiday stress

For many, the holidays offer an opportunity to celebrate who you are, the people you love, and the values you cherish. But as the holiday season approaches, many people experience conflicting emotions. During what is traditionally a joyous time of year, many of us take on additional tasks and try to squeeze an ambitious number of events into already tight schedules.

Spotlight on mental health

In recent years, open conversations about mental health have shed light on an important issue facing people of all ages and from all walks of life. In fact, according to the Canadian Institute of Health Research, one in five Canadians will experience some form of mental illness at some point in their life. Yet despite advances in research and a heightened awareness, there are people who remain silent about their struggles and hesitate to get the help they need.

Building resilience with self-care

Resilience is the ability to adapt well in the face of adversity, such as when you may be experiencing personal or family issues, a serious health concern, work stress, money worries, or other challenges. It's the ability to bounce back from challenges.