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Feeling overwhelmed? Here are three ways forward

Do you know where to turn when you’re struggling with one of life’s many issues?

If you answered “no,” you’re not alone. According to Statistics Canada, a third of Canadians who need mental health care feel they are not receiving the help they require.

Here are three ways forward if you think you need help:

1. Call 2-1-1
211 is a free service that connects residents in Alberta with the health and social services services they need. Whether you’re looking for affordable childcare, struggling with addiction, seeking resources after moving to Canada, or having a tough time making ends meet, 211 can help.

2. Read up on what you’re experiencing and how to cope
The Canadian Mental Health Association has a wealth of information on its website about different aspects of mental health, helping increase understanding of mental illness and the many forms it can take. The good news is that all mental illnesses can be treated, including anxiety, depression and bipolar, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, phobia and panic, post-traumatic stress disorder and schizophrenia.

3. Call the Distress Centre’s crisis line – 403-266-HELP
Distress means something different to everyone, according to the Distress Centre: “We’re not here to tell you what it means for you. We’re here to listen. 24 hours a day—free of charge—our confidential crisis lines will connect you with a helping hand and a caring ear.” The Distress Centre also has a confidential online chat service available from 5 to 10 p.m. daily.

Do you know somebody in the Calgary area who could use support? Encourage them to read up on how to cope.