When we ask people what they do to stay healthy, many say they eat well and exercise regularly.

These are the key behaviours to maintaining good health and are certainly a good place to start if you want to adopt a balanced lifestyle. However, to determine whether you actually have a healthy lifestyle, you need to consider both your physical and mental health.

When considering your mental health, start by asking yourself if your life is rewarding. If you don’t enjoy life, how do you feel? Are you under stress, bored, depressed? Many people repress these kinds of feelings, or recognize them without knowing how to deal with them. Most of the time, a troubled state of mind will eventually have a negative impact on physical health because the immune system is affected by stress and depression.

Human relationships are an important factor in maintaining mental health. In fact, maintaining positive relationships with friends and family members may have an impact on many aspects of your life. Often, the key is to take responsibility for the way relationships develop. You should start by becoming familiar with the dynamics involved in your important relationships and the steps that might help ease difficulties. Dealing only with bad relationships is not enough – even the best relationships can deteriorate if they are neglected or taken for granted.

Family relationships can be especially difficult to maintain. Every family has its problems, but that does not mean they cannot be resolved. If you want to improve your relationships with family members, take things in hand.  If you learn to better communicate and work to improve your family relationships, you will certainly become a good role model for other family members who may decide to follow your lead!

Mental Health Resource Guide for Winnipeg

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one in four people will require mental health care at least once in their lives. In this context, it’s easy to understand the huge impact that mental health has on people’s quality of life and their well-being. For a better understanding of mental health issues and resources, please consult the Mental Health Resource Guide for Winnipeg.

Mental Health Map

Explore the Santé en français Mental Health Map, which presents the French-language mental health resources available in Manitoba, grouped into two categories: emergency services and support and counselling services. This map is available in French only.