Supportive Environments for Mental Fitness

By: Andrew Holloway
Published May 6, 2019

This week is Mental Health Week! This year, the Canadian Mental Health Association is asking us to #GetLoud about what mental health really is. Mental health is about more than mental illness and it’s important to know that 100% of the population has a mental health to nurture and care for in order to flourish and to develop to our best human potential.

The Wellness Movement has been promoting mental fitness as an essential building block for good mental health. Mental fitness is defined as a state of psychological wellbeing. It means that we have a positive sense of how we feel, how we think and how we act, which improves our ability to enjoy life. It is enhanced when our psychological needs for competence, autonomy and relatedness are met. This applies to each and every one of us!! 100% of the population has these needs, and are more likely to thrive when these needs are met.Check out the following resources that demonstrate what supportive environments for mental fitness look like and how they impact overall wellness.

  • The “What is Mental Fitness” infographic, which presents in a simple, succinct way “what is mental fitness”, as well as the elements in a person’s physical and social environments that influence it. A great tool to spark discussion on mental fitness, to accompany a presentation or even to display in a classroom, a community space or a workplace to raise awareness on these elements.
  • Mental Fitness fact sheets – a short document with key information about mental fitness and tips on how to incorporate a Mental Fitness approach in an activity or event.
  • An infographic which demonstrates how all our environments can make the wheels turn on our mental fitness by supporting our CAR needs.
  • An infographic demonstrating the importance of creating environments supportive of mental fitness at work.
  • An infographic demonstrating formal and informal ways for communities to support the “CAR” needs to enhance mental fitness for all.
  • A wellness story infographic highlighting how supportive environments contributed to the success of a Mental Fitness initiative across the District scolaire francophone du Nord-Ouest, where students, teachers and staff were involved in adopting an approach geared towards enhancing mental fitness across the whole District.
Published May 6, 2019
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