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Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health

Mental Health

Mental health is an important part of our overall health and well-being. Throughout life most people experience times of good mental health. At other times, mental health may suffer due to loss, negative events or other stress in their life. People can develop symptoms of a mental illness, such as depression, anxiety or schizophrenia – for a number of reasons. Some people who are experiencing poor mental health or symptoms of a mental illness may have thoughts of suicide. 

If you, or someone you know, are having thoughts of suicide or causing self-harm, call 9-1-1 or visit your nearest Emergency Department.

Getting Help

It is important to reach out if you are struggling with poor mental health. You are not alone, and there are resources available in our community to help you. Visit our Getting Help page for more information.

There are also many online resources available to support you:

  • Big White Wall – A free, online mental health support service where individuals 16+ can access peer support, information, and tailored self-help programs.
  • Bounce Back – 1-800-345-0224. If you’re experiencing low mood, depression, and anxiety, BounceBack can help. Through BounceBack, adults and youth 15+ learn skills to help manage worry and anxiety, combat unhelpful thinking, and become more active and assertive. Please note that a referral from a health care provider is needed in order to access this service.

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Alerts:

1) Our offices are temporarily closed to the public to allow us to respond to COVID-19 demands. Phone lines remain open. Please access our media release for more information.

2) Returning travellers must self-isolate for 14 days and contact Public Health if symptoms of COVID-19 develop.

If you have returned from travel anywhere outside of Canada, you must self-isolate for 14 days and immediately contact Public Health or your local health care provider if you develop symptoms of COVID-19. Earlier this month all travellers were asked to self-isolated when they returned to Canada. Effective March 25, the federal government made this isolation mandatory under the Quarantine Act to better protect our most vulnerable citizens. Each of us must make the responsible decision to follow the advice of health authorities. It’s in everyone’s best interest to do everything we can to stop the spread of COVID-19.