What is “mental health”?
Simply put, it’s our psychological, emotional and social well-being. Our mental health affects all aspects of our lives. It determines how we handle stress, cope with everyday pressures, deal with loss, how we experience our emotions and how we feel and our behaviours.
We all feel negative emotions, experience stress and pressure, and get overwhelmed, or down from time to time. It’s not uncommon to feel out-of-sorts, especially if you’re experiencing a major change, grieving a loss or you’re under extreme pressure. However, sometimes, we have a hard time getting through these times in our life and can’t seem to see our way out of the funk that we’re in. Our thoughts get increasingly more negative or fearful. This starts to affect our attitudes, behaviours, habits, performance, relationships, and even our physical health.
Some mental health issues are the result of biological factors – our brain chemistry or genetics. Other times, they can manifest as a result of trauma or abuse, or they can be environmental in that we’ve seen relatives with mental health issues.
Left untreated, relationships can be affected, work performance suffers and people who are struggling can live a life that is increasingly limited by crippling anxiety or depression. It’s not uncommon for people experiencing mental health issues to self-medicate in the form of unhealthy behaviours (alcohol overconsumption, drug and substance use, gambling, etc.) which can then turn into addictions.
If you’re experiencing mental health issues, you are not alone. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 1 in 5 people will experience a mental health issue or problem in any given year. By age forty, 50% of the population in Canada will have or have had a mental illness. Yet, people tend not to talk about it – there is still stigma attached to mental health issues. We wouldn’t even entertain the thought of walking around with a broken leg or punctured lung (no matter how we sustained the injury) without seeking help and attention. Yet, we are willing to do the equivalent with mental illness. We are willing to suffer in silence.
At Insight, we believe there is no shame in mental illness. We applaud you for taking action and making a choice to improve your mental wellness. We are honoured to support you on your journey to optimizing your life.
Insight has over 20 years of experience providing therapy and treatments for adults in a wide variety of areas.
Insight can help with:
- Anxiety, phobias, and panic disorders
- Depression, thoughts of suicide, and disorders related to depression
- Issues of concern to the LGBTQ community, such as gender identity and gender transition
- Sexual dysfunction, and intimacy issues
- Addictions: alcohol, drug and substance, internet/gaming, pornography, sex, relationship and love addiction
- Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Anger management
- Self-esteem issues
- Weight and eating disorders
- Grief and loss
- Stress management
- Abuse, emotional, sexual abuse and bullying
- Common mental health disorders (such as: bipolar disorder, delusional disorder, dissociative disorder and many more)
- Personality disorders (we provide therapy for all 10 personality disorders)
- Much more!
How Insight Can Help
At Insight, our intake team will help you to choose the right therapist based on their areas of specialty, personality, availability and therapy methods. Or, if you book online, you can make that decision yourself. Your therapist will work in partnership with you to determine the most effective method of therapy, and depending on your concern, together you’ll come up with a plan that makes sense for you. If you’re a very solution focused problem solver, then you might be happy with a short-term goal for therapy. If you like to talk more and really investigate your problems, then a more traditional therapeutic approach may be the best fit for you. Check out our Counselling page to learn more about common mental health concerns and effective treatments.
We have 6 locations in Alberta (Edmonton South, Central, and North; Calgary; Red Deer; and Spruce Grove) and we also offer online counselling for those who prefer, or are unable to get to one of our locations. We look forward to supporting you on your journey to optimal mental wellness.