February 24, 2022
Understanding the Social Determinants of Mental Health
Over the past two years, mental health issues have risen significantly due to the pandemic. A new study has found that Canadian’s are increasingly becoming fatigued and struggling with their mental health. The study found that one in three Canadians (36%) are now living with mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, while nearly half (48%) of Canadians are feeling fatigued.
There are many social and economic conditions that help shape our mental and physical wellbeing, called the social determinants of health. The Canadian Mental Health Association describes three significant factors associated with mental wellbeing – social inclusion, access to economic resources, and freedom from discrimination. Other social determinants of health such as food insecurity, housing, and unemployment can also impact one’s mental health. Having access to mental health support services during this period of isolation and stress is an essential part of health care and can help individuals cope with a variety of stressors.
Mental Wellness Programs at the SGBCHC
As a Community Health Centre, we have witnessed first hand the impact the pandemic has had on individuals’ mental health. In early 2020, our team quickly transitioned our services to address the needs of our clients by increasing our one-on-one counselling sessions and providing programs to help address social isolation.
As part of our commitment to continue supporting the mental health needs of our clients and community, we are pleased to announce that we are launching a new mental wellness program in March 2022 called the Mindfulness Mini-Series. This program is free and open to anyone in our community. For more information, including how to register, please visit https://www.southgeorgianbaychc.ca/program/13/.