In any given year, 1 in 5 people in Canada will personally experience a mental health problem or illness. By the age of 40, around 50% of Canadians will have or have experienced some form of mental issue. Those already experiencing poor mental health before COVID-19 were impacted even more by the pandemic, especially those between the ages of 15- 24 years old. This age group rated 40% on having good mental health from 60% pre-Covid.
Symptoms of mental illness can include:
- Feelings of hopelessness or helplessness
- Unexplained weight loss or gain
- Sleep disturbances
- Lack of motivation or low energy
Some may even experience physical pain such as, an upset stomach or feeling of “butterflies”, chronic headaches, lack of concentration, unexplained muscle soreness, and many more.
There are many factors that can cause a person to not be or feel balanced in their emotional life. These can include but are not limited to poor nourishment, hormonal imbalance, stress/anxiety, wealth, and genetics. Without recognition of one’s illness and without support and help, those suffering may eventually turn to drugs and/or alcohol to help them cope.
Help is here
If you are under the age of 24, or over the age of 55, and experiencing pain, mental health, or addiction issues, you might be qualified for Free Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) treatments, including Acupuncture and Moxibustion treatment, Diet Therapy, and Baduanjin Qigong therapy.