The wheels of our well-being run on
parallel tracks: our mental health and
our physical health. If the wheels of our
mental health come off the track a bit,
our physical health carries more of the
load. And vice versa. We’re all at risk
of having our “load” shift. We can even
be derailed. Any number of illnesses,
conditions and situations can cause our
health to come off track.
In this issue of Apple, we look at
efforts to keep health firmly on the
track––in mental health and in cancer.
Our section called Yes, We Can Prevent
Cancer is the first of four reports on our
province’s work to reduce many cancers.
Our story After the Fire recounts the
efforts of Alberta Health Services to get
health facilities and programs operating
Our parallel tracks
WRITTEN BY LAURA CALHOUN
PHOTOGRAPHED BY LAUGHING DOG PHOTOGRAPHY
after a massive wildfire dubbed “the
Beast” by firefighters swept through Fort
McMurray in May. A Wealth of Mental
Health is one of several stories that look
at signs, symptoms and solutions for our
People easily understand a physical
illness that’s been caused by a disease
or an injury. They are now starting to
understand that addictions and mental
illnesses are also diseases, however they
Our minds and bodies are connected.
Exercise lifts your mood, so does music,
so do relationships, so does sleeping well
and having meaning in your life. Mental
wellness improves the ability to look
after your physical health and that, in
turn, improves your mental health.
Once these concepts are fully accepted
and understood, the stigma of mental
illness will be destroyed.
And our wellness as individuals and
communities will be more firmly on
Dr. Laura Calhoun is the senior medical
director for Addiction and Mental Health
at Alberta Health Services.
Dr. Laura Calhoun