Mental Health


Mental health is key to overall well-being

Mental health is what allows us to think, feel, and act in ways that help us reach our potential, enjoy life fully, and deal with stressors. Many factors affect a person’s mental health, like access to basic needs and life events. Everyone experiences mental health in their own way.

Build your mental health

The 5 Ways to Well-being are 5 simple everyday actions that can help improve and maintain mental health.

Below are more strategies that may also be helpful:

  • Use skills and supports that helped you through tough times in the past
  • Take care of your body as best you can (i.e., eat, sleep, drink water, and be active)  
  • Be kind to yourself
  • Connect regularly with loved ones or other supports 
  • Talk to others about how you feel – whether it be a friend, family member, or a professional
  • Build skills to help you relax (i.e., deep breathing or meditation)
  • Make self-care a priority as best you can and start small

Talk about your mental health

It is important to know how to talk about your mental health. This Have That Talk video from Ottawa Public Health can help you learn how to talk about mental health.

Reach out for help

If you need help now, call 911 or contact a crisis intervention service.

If building your mental health on your own feels overwhelming, it may be helpful to reach out to a professional for support. Learn about mental health services in your area.                                                                                                              

Other mental health related topics

Related information is available on these Health Unit pages:



North Bay

345 Oak Street West

Parry Sound

70 Joseph Street Unit #302

Burk's Falls

17 Copeland Street (by appointment only)