Lakeland College is providing people with resources for all areas of wellness including physical, mental and social health.
According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental health problem at some point in their life and 70 per cent of mental health problems begin during childhood or adolescence. Wellness Advisor Nadine Konyk says that mental health is part of the overall definition of health.
“For mental health it’s not only the ability to feel, think or act in ways that increases one’s ability to enjoy life, but good mental health is also the ability to be able to deal with life’s challenges.”
Lakeland College offers resources such as counselling, financial planning and crisis intervention to help their students manage different health issues. Konyk believes that every one has a different coping strategy when it comes to tackling their own wellness.
“One person may be very much into for example meditation, the next person it might be no that’s not my thing at all, I much rather put my energy physically, you know take up a kick boxing class.”
Konyk suggests adding self care into your day to day life to create a balance that will help you stay healthy in all areas of life, as well as eating and sleeping right.
The college has been hosting events in the past week to raise awareness of wellness and the resources they provide. Wednesday, January 31 will be the next event set up on campus.