A Halifax-based psychiatrist says the pandemic has shed light on the benefits people can bring to their lives if they focus on developing skills that improve their overall ‘mental fitness’. and we got to tell the people, and we got to teach it to the people, right? Dr Jackie Kinley said, director of the mental health day treatment program at NS Health. READ MORE: World Mental Health Day: To move closer to ending stigma, WHO says Kinley is also the founder of a mental health skills development institution that aims to broaden people’s growth in personal areas they may be grappling with. “Sometimes her take is that a change in mindset. Sometimes that’s what I call ‘Think Fit,’ which is mental discipline, learning to ground yourself and stay focused, and to be forward thinking. Like, a lot of people have a hard time with that, that’s why you have so much ADHD, and all these attention problems, people don’t anchor – they live in this frenetic open space ” Kinley said Trends Stories The story continues under the publicity She adds that emotional intelligence is another aspect of many people’s lives that is overlooked when it comes to improving overall well-being. ‘a person. ”I often say that it’s not about feeling better, it’s about feeling better. We live in a world where we suppress emotions, we don’t value them, ”she said. READ MORE: A ‘Free Environment’: Advocating for Peer Support Programs on World Mental Health Day. for many years and that one in five people will experience some form of mental illness in their lifetime. She says there is always a need to improve access to resources like psychotherapy, but that people also have a lot of benefits from focusing on ways to improve their mental health skills. “We can teach people these things, and we know that if we teach people these things, they not only feel better, but they do better. ” she said. Kinley says a bright side of the pandemic is that it has helped break down barriers many people may have previously felt when it comes to discussing mental health issues and ways to overcome them. “COVID has really kind of leveled the playing field, now we’re all stretched out, and these are skills that everyone needs to develop. And what I really like about that is that it’s in. does, really, kind of de-stigmatize because any of us can get sick, ”she said. © 2022 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.