112 POLICEASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA Ten ways to boost your mental health A healthy mental health: a balanced life It takes only a few ingredients to inspire hope 1) Foster healthy, meaningful relationships. 2) Share humour. Laughter can go a long way to keeping us mentally fit! 3) Do one thing at a time. Learn to enjoy the present moment fully. 4) Enjoy hobbies.They will keep your brain active! 5) Volunteer within your community. You will help others and make yourself feel great at the same time. 6) Set realistic goals; reaching them will build confidence and foster a sense of satisfaction. 7) Exercise regularly to improve your psychological well-being and reduce depression, stress and anxiety. 8) Take a few moments each day: close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and unplug from your surroundings.This simple practice helps lower blood pressure and calms your mind. 9) “Collect” positive emotional moments. Recall times when you have experienced pleasure, comfort, peace or other positive feelings. 10) Each day, remember three things for which you can be grateful. An attitude of gratitude boosts our immune system Source - The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health - Government of Canada - Canadian Institute for Health Information - Canadian Mental Health Association - Government of New Brunswick - Firefly Counselling and Consulting - Mental Health Commission of Canada - Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia - Sleep Therapeutics - Public Health Infobase (Government of Canada) Mental Illness in Canada Mental illnesses have a significant impact on the health of Canadians as well as the Canadian economy, including our health and social care systems. The Report from the Canadian Chronic Disease Surveillance System: Mental Illness in Canada, 2015, is the first national report to use linked administrative health data (physician billing and hospitalization records), for the surveillance of mental illness.The findings are sobering: 1 in 3 1 in 3 Canadians (about 9.1 million people) will be affected by a mental illness during their lifetime. (CCHS Mental Health 2012) 5 million Approximately 5 million Canadians received health services for a mental illness in 2009/10. That's more than the population of British Columbia. (PHAC 2015) 38% Mental illnesses often develop during adolescence and young adulthood. Over one-third (or 38%) of Canadians with a mental illness or substance use disorder reported that their symptoms started before the age of 15. (PHAC, 2006) Young and Old There is an increasing trend in the use of health services for mental illness among young Canadian adolescents and a very high use among the elderly. (PHAC 2015) 30% Canadian females are 30% more likely than males to use health services for mental illness. (PHAC 2015) $8 billion That’s the total estimated cost of hospital care, physician care and drug expenditures associated with mental illness in Canada in 2008. (EBIC online tool – custom tabulation of the direct costs associated with mental illness and all its diagnostic subcategories using ICD-10-CA diagnostic codes) 1 in 7 Every year, 1 in 7 Canadians use health services for a mental illness. (Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) 2015)