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Mental Health: Self-Help Resources


  • Mental health,
  • Social environment,
  • Community,
  • Facilities & organizations,
  • Schools,
  • Workplace,
  • Healthcare facilities,

Provide self-help resources

How to implement

  • Provide information on ways to manage mental health challenges, including resources to self-assess the risk of mental health issues and approaches on harm reduction for substance misuse.1, 2
    • Resources and information to self-assess risk and reduce harms associated with mental health issues should be accessible to family members and caregivers to support their loved one.1 
    • For more information, see the sub-strategy: Mental health: youth

For a comprehensive overview of self-assessment tools, from depression to alcohol and substance use tests, check out Mental Health America.

Did you know: Regular self-assessment of mental health often leads to awareness of early signs and symptoms of mental illness and/or substance misuse.2

  1. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Mental health problems in people with learning disabilities: Prevention, assessment and management. NICE guideline. London (UK): NICE; 2016. Available from:
  2. Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Advisory Group. Respect, recovery, resilience: Recommendations for Ontario's mental health and addictions strategy. Toronto (ON): Minister's Advisory Group; 2010. Available from:
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