Mental Health is a Universal Human Right

Mental Health is a Universal Human Right

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This year, World Mental Health Day serves as a call to action to recognize that mental health is a basic human right. At CATC, we see how big a role mental health plays in substance use and addiction. When people have the supports they need to live well—both mentally and physically—the path to addiction becomes far less likely.  

Whether it’s a result of homelessness, intergenerational trauma, poverty or first-hand traumatic experiences, people turn to substance use as an escape from pain. Normalizing mental health as being just as important as physical health plays an important role in preventing problem behaviours before they even start. 

One of the simplest things we can all do to normalize mental health is to talk about it in a non-judgmental way. Without intending any harm, using words like “crazy” or “psycho” can reinforce negative stereotypes or untruths about people suffering from mental health disorders. By removing words and labels like this from our vocabulary, we can become allies to the more than half of all Canadians who experience a significant mental health issue by age 40. 

For our part, we’re working with policy makers and healthcare partners to make affordable access to evidence-based addiction treatment as easy as possible, for as many people as possible. By partnering with service delivery organizations across the country, we’re welcoming more people than ever through our doors (or into our virtual addiction recovery program) to get the compassionate help they need, at any stage of recovery. From veterans and frontline responders to people in remote areas, we’re proud to be bringing evidence-based substance use disorder treatment to people from all walks of life. 

We believe that mental health care is health care, and everyone should have access to it in a way that works for them, as a universal human right. 

New mental health and wellness support for everyone 

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GreeneStone Centre for Recovery is now offering general mental health care and help for everyone: with or without addiction! 

At some point, most people will struggle with some sort of mental health issue. For a long time, people have been reaching out to GreeneStone for help with their general mental health, even if they’re not also struggling with substance use disorder. 

We’re excited to announce that we’re now able to offer expert, compassionate mental health support for anyone struggling with chronic anxiety, PTSD, depression or other related issues. As with our inpatient addiction treatment programs at GreeneStone, clients in this new program enjoy a range of benefits, including: 

  • Beautiful accommodations
  • Personalized care plan
  • Psychiatrist support
  • Group and 1-on-1 therapy
  • Skill building workshops
  • Learning sessions
  • Ongoing support from your peers and our experts
  • Warm and friendly staff
  • Delicious meals
  • Fully-equipped gym and pool

If you or someone you know needs help with their mental health, our friendly counsellors at GreeneStone Centre for Recovery are standing by to help. Call (855) 821-5010 or send us an email. 

And if you or someone you know needs immediate, same-day help with opioid use disorder, you can call our patient care line at 877-937-2282 or send us a message. 

Happy #WorldMentalHealthDay !