Your child’s teenage years are an exciting time, but they can be tricky too. With hormones going wild and bigger pressures at school, challenging mood swings are par for the course. With mental ill-health on the rise though, you’ll want to keep watch on whether their moods are normal, or if they need a bit of help.
No matter how down or out of control you feel, it is important to remember that you are not powerless when it comes to bipolar disorder. Beyond the treatment you get from your doctor or therapist, there are many things you can do for yourself to reduce your symptoms and stay on track.
‘Dudes and Dogs’ program aims to help men talk about mental health
When Rob Osman feels the anxiety creeping in, he laces up his shoes and puts a leash on his Hungarian Vizsla, Mali. As the two walk, he feels his body relax as the tension melts away.
“I’m not saying anything new when I say going into the fresh air makes you feel better,” the 38-year-old from Bristol, England, told TODAY. “Just the realization of just how beneficial that time with the dog has been.”
You probably already know that there’s help out there for those times when you’re not feeling like yourself. Whether it’s depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts or something you can’t quite name, there are mental health resources you can access throughout Canada. The question is, how do you know which one to turn to and how to get in touch? We’ve got all the names, numbers and links you’ll need right here so that you can find support for yourself or for someone you love.