The Rapid Access Mood & Anxiety Program (RAP) is a free program which provides support to referring primary care providers through consultation with our psychiatric team. Clients with low mood and anxiety are seen for an initial individual psychiatric assessment, and, if indicated, follow-up support is offered in a Group Medical Visit format. The key […]Continue readingRapid Access Mood and Anxiety Psychiatry
According to the World Health Organization, mental health is an integral and essential component of health. It is not just the absence of mental illness or mental disorders. Rather, mental health (or well being) is an ideal we all strive for. It is a balance of mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health. Caring relationships, a place to call home, a supportive community, and work and leisure all contribute to mental health. However, no one’s life is perfect, so mental health is also about learning the coping skills to deal with life’s ups and downs the best we can. (Mood Disorder of Canada, Quick Facts 2009).
Mental Illness is defined as serious disturbance in thoughts, feelings and perceptions that is severe enough to affect day-to-day functioning (Mood Disorder of Canada, Quick Facts 2009). In Canada, one in five adults will experience a mental illness at some point in their lives. The BC Partners for mental health provide this overview of common mental health disorders (http://www.heretohelp.bc.ca/)
Below are the range of community based mental health services provided by CMHA serving York Region and South Simcoe in our communities
Support for Depression offers individuals who are experiencing or have experienced depression an opportunity to share experiences in a safe, non-judgmental atmosphere, so that they can support each other and develop coping skills. There is no set format; the group takes the conversation where it needs to go. In fact, at their first session, participants […]Continue readingSupport for Depression