What is mental health?

Mental health is our ability to enjoy life and cope with the demands of daily life.

Good mental health allows us to be productive, to have fulfilling relationships with other people, and to adapt to change and cope with difficult times.

Many factors contribute to mental health:

  • Self-esteem and self-knowledge
  • Diet and exercise
  • General health
  • Relationships with family, friends and co-workers
  • Finances
  • Community involvement
  • How you manage stress
  • How you express your feelings

We all experience times when we react unreasonably to a situation or we feel depressed or "down." Some people find they are quick to anger or "short tempered"; while others feel nothing at all or "numb" to certain situations. A person with good mental health can cope with these times and move past them quickly.

Good mental health is important to the immigration process. It means that you will be able to cope with the challenges of being isolated from family and friends, losing financial stability, learning a new language, and adapting to a new culture.

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Last updated: December 18, 2018 4001307