Mental Health


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Residence Life Conference 2014 - Presented by Hilary Finch and Sarah Lundy

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Mental Health

  1. 1. 1. Identity Activity 2. Mental Health & Illness 3. Stigmas of Mental Health Issues 4. Disney Mental Health Jeopardy 5. Resources
  2. 2. A state of psychological or emotional well-being and social well-being. According to the CMHA, “Mental health means striking a balance in all aspects of your life”. This includes: • Social • Physical • Spiritual • Economic • Mental
  3. 3. “There is no health without mental health”
  4. 4. Oxford Dictionaries defines Mental Illness as: “A condition which causes serious disorder in a person’s behaviour or thinking”
  5. 5. 20% of Canadians will suffer from mental illness at least once in their life.
  6. 6. On a residence floor of 80 students, at least students are likely to be experiencing mental health issues.
  7. 7. 1) Anxiety Disorders a. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) b. Phobias and Panic Disorders c. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 2) Mood Disorders a. Depression b. Bipolar Disorder
  8. 8. 3) Eating Disorders a. Anorexia Nervosa b. Bulimia Nervosa c. Binge-Eating Disorder/ Compulsive Eating 4) Personality Disorders 5) Impulse Control and Addition Disorders
  9. 9. According to Statistics Canada, people between the ages of 15 and 24 are the most likely to suffer the from mental illnesses, substance dependencies and suicide.
  10. 10. “Stigma refers to negative, unfavourable attitudes and the behaviour they produce. It is a form of prejudice that spreads fear and misinformation, labels individuals and perpetuates stereotypes” “Stigma against people with mental illnesses is oppressive and alienating”
  11. 11. Only 50% of people would tell friends or co-workers that they have a family member with a mental illness (CAMH) 46% of Canadians think people use the term mental illness as an excuse for bad behaviour (CAMH) 42% of Canadians are unsure whether they would socialize with a friend who has a mental illness (CAMH) 27% say they would be fearful of being around someone who suffers from serious mental illness (CAMH)
  12. 12. The portrayal of mental illness in the media often perpetuates negative stereotypes of mental illness.
  13. 13. According to a study, 85% of Disney animated films contained references to characters with mental illness (Lawson and Fouts) 21% of main characters were referred to as mentally ill The average number of mental illness references per film was 4.6 1. “Crazy” 2. “Mad” or “Madness” 3. “Nut” or “Nutty”
  14. 14. Active Programming: a. Game Show b. Trivia Cards c. Watch a popular film about Mental Health and Reflect Bulletin Board Programming: a. Interactive Display (flip up Q & A) b. Multiple Choice Quiz c. Mix and Match Develop your own ideas that apply to your residence community!
  15. 15. 1. Introduces students to mental health issues through a fun and interactive approach 2. It opens a discussion about an intimidating topic, in a nonintimidating way 3. It highlights the negative stigmas and stereotypes of mental health issues that are perpetuated by the media 4. It can encourage students to address their own perceptions and biases surrounding mental health issues 5. Residence students will be more likely to recognize signs or symptoms of mental health issues in themselves or in their peers
  16. 16. Mental Health Commission of Canada 5723f6c56dfcea7dd0d34c1c6a57&terminitial=31 Centre for Addiction and Mental Health addictionmentalhealthstatistics.aspx Oxford Dictionaries (Online) Statistics Canada Canadian Mental Health Association Maclean’s (Online)
  17. 17. Hanlon, Christine. "State of Mind: Addressing Mental Health Issues on University Campuses."University Manager (2012): 1-2. Print. Beveridge, Allan. "Images of Madness in the Films of Walt Disney." Psychiatric Bulletin(1996): 618-20. Print.
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