Mental Health Resources

  • Know these senior isolation facts

    It is estimated that 30% of Canadian seniors are at risk of being socially isolated. This can be caused by the loss of a family member, poor health, disability, retirement, change of residence and lack of transportation. Unfortunately senior isolation is on the rise.

  • Self-care is important!

    Self-care can have a life-long impact on your health and well-being. Today we look at the International Self-Care Foundation’s “Seven Pillars of Self-Care” as well as our top recommendation on how you can love and care for one of the most important people in your life - you!

  • You are not alone

    We asked our Spectrum Health Care employees to share encouraging words that they would say to individuals dealing with a mental illness. Here is what they had to say.

  • Let's keep the conversation going

    Bell’s Let's Talk initiative strives to help eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness. Thank you to all the employees who shared words of encouragement. Let's continue talking about the importance of mental health today and every day!

  • PTSD: do you know the signs?

    There are many signs and symptoms to look out for if you suspect you or your loved one has PTSD.

  • There's help for PTSD!

    Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that is developed after a person has experienced a traumatic/traumatic events. There are signs and symptomsthat can point to PTSD. If you feel you or a loved one may be living with PTSD, there are resources available in Canada to help.

  • Wellness Wednesdays: loneliness prevention

    Numerous studies have shown that socially isolated seniors commonly have a shorter life expectancy. A Review of Social Isolation, by Nicholas R. Nicholson, published in The Journal of Primary Prevention, reveals that social isolation has been demonstrated to lead to numerous detrimental health effects in older adults

  • Wellness Wednesdays: pet therapy

    Pet therapy, or animal-assisted therapy, is a type of therapy involving animals as a form of treatment. According to Therapeutic Paws of Canada, using pet therapy can improve an individual’s social, emotional, or cognitive functioning.

  • Are you getting enough shut eye?

    Sleep is your body’s way of healing. Your mental, physical and emotional states are all affected by your sleeping patterns. Often, caregivers experience issues with sleep, and while many may find temporary relief in an over the counter sleeping pill, it may not be a permanent fix.

  • Why aren’t seniors getting the mental health help they need?

    According to Statistics Canada, as many as 1.4 million elderly Canadians report feeling lonely (CBC Canada). Loneliness can increase the risk for many health problems and unhealthy habits. An effect of loneliness that is often overlooked is the impact it can have on a senior’s mental health.