The importance of self-checking your mental health
Women today shoulder a unique burden. More than ever before, we can do anything or be anything we want. But with that freedom comes significant pressure and expectations-from society and from ourselves- to make it all happen seamlessly. We are all doing our best, but the stress and demands of everyday life can become overwhelming. We need somewhere we can turn for help and support.
That’s why Shoppers Drug Mart has partnered with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) to raise awareness and promote women’s mental health. Using an interactive online tool, we can quickly learn more about our mental health. By answering a few questions about how we’re feeling, we can find out if our mental health is high, reasonably good or low.
Many of us have heard the statistic that one in five Canadians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime. But what many people don’t realize is that mental illness can affect women and men differently. Some mental disorders, like anxiety and depression, are more common in women. There are also certain types of depression that are unique to women, such as postpartum depression.
We all know women who are experiencing mental health challenges. Some of us are these women. We play different and important roles in society, from caregiver to confidant to colleague. We work hard and most often put others’ needs ahead of our own. Sometimes we need a gentle reminder check in on ourselves.
As we juggle our many responsibilities—work, family, social life—it’s easy to overlook our mental health. Even though good mental health is essential to our overall health and well-being, most of us rarely take a minute to pause and ask ourselves, “How am I doing?” It’s not always easy to find the time, but it’s important to make the time.
The Mental Health Self Check is just another part of the toolkit in maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Just as you exercise to maintain good physical health, there are things we can do to strengthen your mental health—especially when you notice that you’re struggling. Being active, connecting with others, living in the moment, learning new things, taking time for yourself and giving back to the community are just a few things you can do to make mental health a priority. It’s about finding activities that you enjoy and work best for you. Taking care of your mental health also means reaching out for professional support and treatment when you need it.
Life moves quickly, bringing new challenges and stresses every day. You can go back to the Self Check every often, as many times you like, to see how your mental health changes over time. It seems simple, and that’s because it is. We should encourage all of the women in our lives—including ourselves—to make time for mental health. Because healthy women—in all the roles we play—leads to a healthier society.