Mental Health

Mental health is key to our well-being. It involves how we feel, think, act, and interact with the world around us. Mental health is about realizing our potential, coping with the normal stresses of life, and making a contribution to our community1. There are many facets of mental well-being that link to physical health. We can’t truly be healthy without it.

Developmental assets

Learn about developmental assets and how they help children and youth grow-up empowered, supported, connected, and resilient so that they can thrive in life.

Eating disorders and disordered eating

Eating disorders and disordered eating are about more than food—they’re also about how you feel about yourself, how you cope with your feelings and other deeper factors2. Find out more about disordered eating, eating disorders and where to go for help.

Work stress and mental health

Stress in the workplace can happen due to various reasons such as demands and our perceived ability to meet these demands. Stress exists in any workplace and can be experienced by anyone regardless of their job. Excessive or ongoing stress can lead to mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. Find out more about how you as an employee or employer can help yourself and others cope with stress in the workplace.


Weight and concerns about weight can sometimes have negative effects on mental and emotional well-being. Learn more about positive approaches to promoting a healthy weight. Topics include:

Learn more about weight.

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), 2014. Mental Health for Life [brochure]. Retrieved from, December 2016.
Canadian Mental Health Association BC division (2014). Eating Disorders. Retrieved from, December 2016.

Support services

Mental Health Helpline (ConnexOntario, Government of Ontario)

The Mental Health Helpline provides information about mental health services in Ontario. An Information and Referral Specialist will answer your call, email, or web chat 24/7. It offers free and confidential health services information for people experiencing problems with alcohol, drugs, mental health, or gambling.

The Helpline can:

This item was last modified on September 21, 2017