Often times we hear of Mental Health Issues as something that would be impossible for us to have, but did you know that Mental Health issues affects most people. 1 in 5 people living in Canada suffer from some sort of Mental Illness, many of which go unnoticed. So to put that into perspective, here at GPRC there are approximately 2500 students. Based off of the 1 in 5 person statistic from the Canadian Mental Health Association, 500 of our students will experience a Mental Illness at some point in their lives.
All that to say there are solutions! Instead of ignoring these issues, it is important to acknowledge them and bring them to light so they do not fester and become increasingly difficult to treat. We all go through our own challenges and climb our own obstacles but it is important to know there are ways to relieve the stresses & anxieties that go with them.
Below you will find a number of videos all highlighting important aspects of the ways of Mental Health and a few solutions for all of us to remember and to try to implement in our daily lives. So take a few minutes to learn more about this issue that affects us all.
Published on 9 May 2013
Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn't the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success.
Published on 11 Sep 2012
Nearly 450 million people are affected by mental illness worldwide. In wealthy nations, just half receive appropriate care, but in developing countries, close to 90 percent go untreated because psychiatrists are in such short supply. Vikram Patel outlines a highly promising approach -- training members of communities to give mental health interventions, empowering ordinary people to care for others.
(retrieved from youtube,com Oct. 29-14)
Feeling stressed out by a seemingly neverending list of assignments and exams? You are not alone! Stress is more common than you may think. College can be overwhelming at the best of times, but the good news is there are lots of strategies to help limit and prevent stress. Check out some of the links below for strategies regarding stress and anxiety management.
Stress - Canadian Mental Health Association
Quick Stress Relief - Mind your Mind
Coping with Anxiety - Mind your Mind
Nutrition & Activity Benefits to help with a Happy Mind
Healthy nutrition is essential for your brain, which consumes up to 20% of the energy produced by your body.
Unhealthy nutrition and irregular meals have a direct impact on the brain.
Lower learning abilities, memory impairment, lack of energy, impatience and a higher sensitivity to stressors are just a few of the measurable impacts of unhealthy nutrition on your brain.
A physically active lifestyle improves your stress tolerance.
When you exercise, your body releases chemicals that improve your mood. It is not unusual to feel somewhat euphoric and energetic for up to 48 hours after an exercise session.
In addition, being physically active improves self-confidence and often allows you to "release" frustration, stress and anxiety in a positive way. Physical activity can also improve your social life.
However, it should be noted that moderate physical activity (on a regular basis) is the goal - overtraining can have negative effects on your physical and mental health.
Insufficient or disturbed sleep or irregular sleep patterns have a direct impact on your mental health.
They also affect your mood and energy levels. Most adults need approximately eight hours of uninterrupted sleep a day.
Alcohol abuse and street drugs have been linked to several mental illnesses.
Attempting to combat stress with these substances is ineffective - in fact, they usually have the adverse effect and actually increase stress.
Direct yourself to Standard Life website for additional informative resources
We all know that College life has its many fun and exciting times, but there certainly stressful times as well. Sometimes when experiences negatively impact your ability to focus academically and to be mindful of your overall wellness, you may want to consider additional help. The supportive Peer Counselling system here at GPRC can help you find a solution. Whether you’re feeling down because of homesickness, trouble at home, relationship troubles, unexpected troubles such as family illness, or an overwhelming feeling that you’re unable to cope with the amount of anxiety, go ahead and explore your options. Consider contacting the GPRC Peer Counselling group at 780-539-2010 or firstname.lastname@example.org, they’re here to help.
The Peer Counselling Center is located in and a counsellor is available from for drop-in sessions based on first come first serve basis. Peer counselling is confidential and specific for .
Mental Health Workshops & Events
Multiple online presentations are available thru the Peer Counselling program with the intent to educate people about the factors involved with Mental Health. These presentations are created by Community Helpers, a program which offers further information and resources for your well being. Each video has a corresponding worksheet. Please click the link below the video and print off the sheet, to follow along with the presentation.
Get help with writing papers, researching articles, citation guides, borrowing books from the GPRC library and various libraries throughout the province. Tutoring services performed by GPRC instructors and Students Peers are also available for subjects such as, Math, Science, Biology, Business Admin, etc. Simply contact the Library Staff to setup a session.
Canadian Mental Health Association
Articles are provided by the Mental Health Association of Canada. Go to their website for similar articles like the ones listed here, or for more useful information regarding other areas of Mental Health