Extending beyond the traditional definition of health, well-being brings together the interconnected dimensions of physical, mental and social well-being. Physical vitality, mental acuity, social satisfaction and connectedness, a sense of accomplishment, and personal fulfillment are all commonly associated with a positive sense of well-being.

What Vital Signs told us about our well-being:

MENTAL HEALTH IS AN ISSUE

Mental health is a community concern. Just like physical illnesses can take many forms, so too can mental illnesses. In any given year, one in five people in Canada will personally experience a mental health challenge or illness. Whether it is mild or severe, preventive measures and supports are needed. We need to talk about it so we better understand and reduce stigma.

NOTHING HAPPENS IN A VACUUM

Well-being is tied to our surroundings, finances, nutrition, work and stress levels, physical activity, connectedness, and sense of belonging. These elements do not exist in isolation; they are all interconnected.