Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel and act.
It also affects how we are able to cope with stress, interact with others and make choices. Many factors affect mental health, both positively and negatively. Everyone has mental health.
What's Happening Here:
Level of stress being experienced:
- 2% No stress
- 7% Less than average
- 31% Average
- 48% More than average
- 12% Tremendous
- 85% of students felt overwhelmed at some point during the past year.
- 61% of students felt very lonely at some point during the past year.
Spotlight on Mental Health
- Mental health is essential to academic success as well as a person’s ability to participate fully and meaningfully in all other areas of life.
- Stress, anxiety and depression were the top 3 factors that students reported negatively affected their academics in the past year.
- Stress can contribute to physical illness, decreased immune function, and disrupted sleep, as well as anxiety and depression.
Mental Health Resources
- Klinic Community Health Centre 24 hour crisis line: 204-786-8686
- Klinic Free Drop-In Counselling: 204-784-4067
- Mobile Crisis: 204-940-1781
- Calm in the Storm: an app for mindfulness meditation and other activities to improve mental health. Available for Android and iOS
- Mindshift: an app to help manage anxiety. Available for Android and iOS
- Reach out and talk to someone when you are struggling. There are many resources available for students!
- Always schedule time to do things you enjoy such as: exercise, visit a friend, walk, volunteer, do art. Whatever makes you happy.
- Make sure you are getting enough sleep, eating well and minimizing caffeine and substance use.
- Listen to others and be aware of signs of distress. If someone is struggling, help connect them to someone who can help.
- Join a student group that promotes mental health awareness.
- Request a Healthy U stress workshop.
- Visit Healthy U to learn mindfulness and relaxation techniques.
*Data compiled from spring 2016 NCHA survey.
Sources and references are available at: umanitoba.ca/student/health-wellness/ncha-sources.html