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Take control of your health, take care of your mind.


Assessing our mental health is not as simple to do as measuring our physical health. There are no scales or endurance tests that rate mental fitness. But with the help of the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Mental Health Meter, you can reflect on your unique strengths and identify areas where your level of mental fitness could be improved to help you cope with all of life’s up and downs.

Being in good health means more than feeling physically well; it also means feeling mentally well.  

Today, we are more aware of how our mental and physical health affect each other. Setting aside time to focus on mental health is important to you and those who care about you.  By practicing mind and body fitness, you can nurture your mind, body and spirit in a positive and enjoyable way.  

Life is full of change, risks and challenges. Good mental or emotional health helps us find our balance and stay in control, even during turbulent times. But how do we know if we are mentally healthy enough to deal with life's ups and downs?

Click here to visit CMHA National's website to learn more.  


Definitions of mental health are changing. It used to be that good mental health meant you had no diagnosable mental illness. Now, more mental health professionals are taking a "positive psychology" approach and recognizing that mental health is more than an absence of illness, it is a state of health.

Consider these key characteristics when assessing your own mental health:

Ability to enjoy life - Can you live in the moment and appreciate the "now"? Are you able to learn from the past and plan for the future without dwelling on things you can't change or predict?

Resilience - Are you able to bounce back from hard times? Can you manage the stress of a serious life event without losing your optimism and a sense of perspective?

Balance - Are you able to juggle the many aspects of your life? Can you recognize when you might be devoting too much time to one aspect, at the expense of others? Are you able to make changes to restore balance when necessary?

Self-actualization - Do you recognize and develop your strengths so that you can reach your full potential?

Flexibility - Do you feel, and express, a range of emotions? When problems arise, can you change your expectations - of life, others, yourself- to solve the problem and feel better?

You can gauge your mental health by thinking about how you coped with a recent difficulty. Did you feel there was no way out of the problem and that life would never be normal again? Were you unable to carry on with work or school? With time, were you able to enjoy your life, family and friendships? Were you able to regain your balance and look forward to the future?

Taking the pulse of mental health brings different results for everyone; it's unique to the individual. By reflecting on these characteristics, you can recognize your strengths, and identify areas where your level of mental fitness could be improved.  


A range of options is available to help you improve your mental fitness, including self-help books, support groups, relaxation therapy, meditation, and talk or behavioural therapy.  Talking to a mental health professional, or other health care provider, can help you identify what type of support you will benefit from most.  For more information, contact the Canadian Mental Health Association.

Telephone:  (905) 521-0090

Fax:  (905) 521-0211

e-mail: info@cmhahamilton.ca

Take Care of Your Mind Pamphlet

This full-colour pamphlet explains the theme of Mental Health Week 2006 – Take control of your health. Take care of your mind. Building on last year’s theme, Practice Mind + Body Fitness, it provides information to help people sustain good mental heath and mental fitness, as guidance in effectively responding to and managing life’s challenges.

English PDF

French PDF

Take Care of Your Mind Poster

This 11” x 17”, full-colour poster promotes the Mental Health Week 2006 theme, Take control of your health. Take care of your mind. It includes white space on the bottom for overprinting.

English PDF

French PDF


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Information and postings contained within this web site and all associated social media sites are for general education, discussion or entertainment and are not intended as counselling, clinical advice or treatment. CMHA, Hamilton is providing a broad spectrum of information in order to raise awareness about mental health and mental illness.  

If you need assistance, please see your physician or health care professional for advise that is relevant to your individual needs or that of someone else. You can also contact the Ontario Mental Health Helpline for free, confidential information on programs and services in your area at http://www.mentalhealthhelpline.ca/ or by calling them on their 24/7 telephone line at 1-866-531-2600.

CMHA, Hamilton is not a crisis service; if you have an emergency, call 911.

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