What's "normal?"

Whatever you're feeling is perfectly normal.

That said, signs of good mental health include being aware of your abilities, being able to cope with the stresses of daily life, being able to work productively, and being able to participate in your community. 

If you feel detached from the people around you, overwhelmed by stress, or too distracted or distraught to be productive, those are all signs that your mental health may be struggling.

If you see the signs, there are resources and support services available to you.

The 6 Pillars of Mental Health

Six Pillars to Mental Health Graphic

Look inside, see the signs.

If these are familiar thoughts, you might be struggling.

I’m lonely but I don’t have the energy to be around people.”

All I feel like doing is crying. I can’t remember the last time I laughed.”

“My chest feels tight and there are so many racing thoughts in my head.”

Every year, 1 in 5 Canadians experience a mental health or a substance use concern.

Sign 1

Feeling low-energy, withdrawn, or alone.

Sign 2

Frequent crying and overwhelming sadness.

Sign 3

Anxiety, nervousness, and racing thoughts.

Feeling unsure? Take the quiz!

If you aren’t sure how you’re feeling, this quick quiz can help. You’ll answer some simple questions, learn about your mental well-being, and get suggestions for what to do next.

These are challenging times. If you’re having thoughts of hurting yourself or someone else, call 911 or go to your nearest hospital. Help is available.

Self-care resources

Start right at home with easy-to-access resources.

People to talk to

Find the support you need in your community.


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In distress? You can talk to someone right now.

24/7 Distress Centre Helpline (403) 266-4357

The Distress Centre also offers Crisis Text Support (403) 266- 4357.

Text support is available 3pm – 6am on weekdays and from noon – 6am on weekends.

Feeling suicidal? Please call 911 or go to the nearest hospital right away.