Mental illness is a change in thinking, mood or behaviour that negatively impacts a person’s life over a period of time.
If you have become sad, withdrawn or have noticed other changes in your feelings or actions for a period longer than two weeks, it may be time to ask for help. Just like a physical illness, a mental illness is a health problem and it does not discriminate. Anyone of any age, race or background, can experience a mental illness.
Mental illness is not a sign of weakness.
Experiencing a mental illness can be very overwhelming. You may wonder if you will ever feel like yourself again. It’s important to know that having a mental illness is not your fault. If you think you might have a mental illness, it’s important to seek help early. The sooner you seek help, the sooner you will start to feel better. With the right supports, a person with mental illness can get on a path back to mental wellness.