Mental health problems are common — one in five people in Canada has a mental health problem at some point in life. But only about 30 per cent seek help. Some people may not know they have a problem. Or they may not know that help is available. Some may not be able to use the help because of barriers like cost, language and transportation.
Others don’t seek help because of the stigma (prejudice and discrimination) attached to mental health problems. They feel embarrassed or ashamed. They worry that they will be judged and misunderstood. They worry about being discriminated against.
However, it is important to know that there are services that can help. And the earlier someone gets help, the less chance that the problem will come back or get worse.
In pamphlet form, Looking for Mental Services? addresses the following questions:
- Should I try to work out my problems on my own?
- When should I look for professional help?
- How do I know what help is best for me?
- Where do I go for an assessment?
- How can talking to a mental health care provider help?
- How will I know if treatment is working?
- Are there community supports to help me?
- Will I have to take medication?
- What about natural healing?
- When does a person need to be hospitalized?
- What can I do to help a family member or friend with a mental health problem?