Mental Health - an important, global issue.
Help raise awareness - mental health matters.
Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes their own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively, and is able to make a positive contribution to their community.
Multiple social, psychological, and biological factors determine the level of mental health of a person at any point in time. For example, the persistent socio-economic pressures are recognized risks to mental health for individuals and communities.
Most people with mental health conditions face disproportionate barriers in attending school and finding employment.
There are also specific psychological and unique personality factors that make people vulnerable to mental disorders. Some biological causes of mental disorders include genetic factors which contribute to the imbalancement of chemicals in the brain.
The rate of mental disorders and the need for care is highest among disadvantaged people. Fear of stigma leads many to avoid seeking care. The consequences are enormous in terms of disability, human suffering and economic loss.
One of the biggest hurdles for anyone suffering from mental illness is overcoming the stigma. It is the number one reason why two-thirds of those living with a mental illness do not seek help.
‘Sweeping Forward’ brings awareness to mental health and domestic abuse. As mental, social and behavioral health problems increase throughout our society, help is needed now more than ever. If you’ve ever wondered at the value of supporting ‘Sweeping Forward’, consider these facts: 1 in 8 Canadians will have a condition serious enough to receive hospital care. Canada’s suicide rate of children and youth under 21 is among the highest in the world.