The mental health crisis in Canada has been growing for some time now, with an increase in mental health visits and more cases of mental health conditions, including depression and anxiety.
The National Centre for Mental Health, which includes the Canadian Mental Health Association, said more than a million Canadians will be on mental health waitlists this year.
But what’s different about the Canadian mental health system?
Here’s a look at what you need to know about mental health care in Canada.
What is mental health?
Mental health refers to the condition of mental illness, and includes conditions such as depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder.
Mental health services can help people manage their symptoms and get the help they need to function in society.
They can include treatment for depression, bipolar disorder and other mental health issues.
Mental Health Canada has a Mental Health Service Guide, a website with information on the services available and what you can expect if you have a mental health issue.
How is mental illness diagnosed?
People diagnosed with mental illness are usually seen by a mental healthcare professional.
A mental health professional may ask questions about your symptoms and ask you about your health history.
If you feel you have symptoms that are not a direct result of your illness, you may need to see a specialist.
This can include a psychiatrist, psychologist or a psychiatrist in a mental hospital.
A doctor can make a diagnosis based on your symptoms, history and family history.
They may also refer you to a specialist, including a specialist in mental illness.
There are some other types of professionals who can diagnose and treat mental illness including family members, friends, a social worker or someone who works in a crisis support centre.
How does mental health work?
Mental healthcare professionals work closely with you, including by attending your appointment and providing you with a treatment plan.
A treatment plan is an outline of what you want to do to manage your symptoms.
It can include medication, therapy, a structured program or a self-help program.
These types of programs help people to improve their mental health and can be designed to address their problems at home, at work or in social situations.
Some treatment plans include: getting a professional assessment.
This is an assessment that includes testing, interviews, tests and tests for alcohol and drug use, and your family history and mental health history, such as anxiety and depression.
A professional assessment can help you and your doctor determine which type of treatment plan might be best for you.
How long does it take to get a diagnosis?
Some mental health professionals can diagnose you before you get a treatment order.
If a mental illness diagnosis is made before a treatment period, the mental health treatment plan can take several weeks to complete.
This could mean that you might need to wait up to a year for your treatment to be complete.
Who can see me if I have a serious mental illness?
If you have been diagnosed with a mental disorder, you will usually be referred to a mental institution.
If your symptoms are severe enough to require hospitalization, you might be referred for a residential treatment program.
In that case, you’ll usually be given medication and other supports to help manage your condition.
If there are no symptoms to support your condition, you won’t be allowed to live in a residential facility.
A residential treatment plan may include medication and a structured therapy program.
A structured program is a program designed to help you manage your depression and other symptoms.
You may also be offered treatment for your anxiety.
What happens if I don’t get treatment?
Some people who don’t receive treatment have a difficult time managing their symptoms.
For some, it’s a struggle to cope.
For others, it may mean that they have a lifetime of negative memories that haunt them.
Some people may have suicidal thoughts, such the idea that they’ll die.
Some may not know what to do next, and may even attempt suicide.
Mental illness can also cause physical or emotional problems for people with physical and mental disabilities.
For more information on mental illness in Canada, visit Mental Health and Substance Use.