Unanticipated events can be extremely upsetting and stressful. People react in different ways to trauma and can experience a wide range of physical and emotional changes that can affect mental health and well-being. It is important to monitor your health and to access the appropriate resources as required.
Know the signs
One in five adult Canadians will experience a mental disorder in their lives.
Family, friends, neighbours or co-workers may be suffering emotionally.
They may not recognize the symptoms.
Know when to ask for help
EMOTIONAL & PSYCHOLOGICAL SYMPTOMS
- Shock, denial, or disbelief
- Confusion, difficulty concentrating
- Anger, irritability, mood swings
- Anxiety and fear
- Guilt, shame, self-blame
- Withdrawing from others
- Feeling sad or hopeless
- Feeling disconnected or numb
- Insomnia or nightmares
- Being startled easily
- Difficulty concentrating
- Racing heartbeat
- Edginess and agitation
- Aches and pains
- Muscle tension
- Loss of appetite
If you or anyone you know is exhibiting the symptoms above, the first thing to do is ask for help.
Other mental health resources
- Emergency response model for mental health during agricultural crises – University of Guelph
- Mental health in agriculture – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
- Wellness Together Canada
- Mental Health Commission of Canada