Canada Depression

Why Canadians Can't Rely on Current Mental Health Treatment Programs

Paul Kurdyak | Posted 01.30.2015 | Canada Living
Paul Kurdyak

Mental illness is one of the biggest predictors of inequitable access to care in this country. We know that having a mental illness means that you are far less likely to get the healthcare you need than someone without a mental illness and that mental illness is a bigger predictor of poor access to care than low income.

Canadian Author Terezia Farkas: Bell Let's Talk Day Is About Hope

Terezia Farkas | Posted 01.28.2015 | Canada Living
Terezia Farkas

Bell Let's Talk day is about hope. It gives you a chance to take off your mask and talk about your pain. It allows you to mourn the loss of who you were and to say, "It's okay I'm like this now." It cracks open the darkness for a minute and gives you hope by letting you realize there are people who've made it out to the other side.

#BellLet'sTalk Day: Workplaces Need to Get Serious About Mental Health

Sandy Kiaizadeh | Posted 01.28.2015 | Canada Living
Sandy Kiaizadeh

You may have noticed that your social media feeds have been inundated with the #BellLetsTalk hashtag. That's because Bell Let's Talk day is on Wednesday, January 28. We need workplaces that value their employees' mental health. Employers need to lead by example by recognizing workplace signs of undiagnosed depression, such as difficulty making decisions, decreased productivity, inability to concentrate and any unusual increases in errors in work, just to name a few.

What Not to Say to Those Suffering From Mental Illness

Sandra Charron | Posted 01.28.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

To really nail the concept of what mental illness is and how it affects both those who live with it and those who live with us, here are a few tips to guide in what I hope will be an ever-growing trend to encourage communication and break down the stereotypes. So without further ado, here are things to refrain from saying to someone with mental illness.

The Conversations We Should All Have on Bell Let's Talk Day

Sarah Robertson | Posted 01.16.2015 | Canada Living
Sarah Robertson

It's the most wonderful time of the year for Canadian mental health advocates! Wednesday, January 28 is Bell Let's Talk Day. On Bell Let's Talk Day, conversations will be taking place online, in homes, schools, and offices across the country. All wonderful, but, will you be participating in these discussions by sharing your personal experiences? Many people won't.

One Young Woman's Story of Depression, Self-Harm and Hope

Terezia Farkas | Posted 12.09.2014 | Canada Living
Terezia Farkas

Erin Farkas is a smart, articulate young woman who's been through depression's grinder. She wants to help other young people fighting depression, anxiety or suicidal thoughts. In 2014, Erin posted a YouTube video talking about her struggles with anxiety, depression, self-harm and bullying.

Breaking Down Mental Health Barriers in Africa

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 12.05.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Stanley Kutcher was stumped. The psychiatry professor from Halifax's Dalhousie University was in Malawi to develop a mental health program for rural communities when he learned from the locals that there was no word in Chichewa for depression. How do you diagnose and treat an illness that doesn't linguistically exist?

No Pill Can Cure Mental Health Stigma

Marisa Lancione | Posted 01.05.2015 | Canada Living
Marisa Lancione

If you are among the lucky population who does react well to medication, taking a pill may allow you to work through the problems you're facing in therapy and hopefully you won't have to be on medication for the rest of your life. But the reality is that for some of us suffering from chronic mental illness, therapy isn't enough.

Dear Teacher, Thank You for Taking the Time to Really See Me

Lori Gard | Posted 01.05.2015 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

Dear Teacher: You called after me today. I was frustrated. Angry. Tired and lonely. And I didn't want to hear someone tell me for the bazillionth time all that I had done wrong. Tell me how I had been a bully. A bad boy. The truth is: I know. I know I am a bully. I have a hard time making friends because I'm different. But you took the time.

Does Reporting on Youth Suicide Cause or Prevent More Incidents?

Stephanie Leon | Posted 12.28.2014 | Canada Living
Stephanie Leon

In the last few years, two high profile youth suicides in the Ottawa region garnered tremendous media attention and, as a new study suggests, resulted in increased emergency room visits by youth for mental health distress. But what at first sounds like an alarming link may serve as an important positive lesson.

5 Natural Ways To Help With Depression

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 10.14.2014 | Canada Living

Every person in the world knows what it's like to feel sad, but when that sadness becomes a more pervasive problem, it's easy to feel like there's not...

Dysfunctional Divorce Leads to Dysfunctional Children

Andrew Feldstein | Posted 12.09.2014 | Canada Living
Andrew Feldstein

What divorcing spouses and partners don't realize is there are very real consequences of dysfunctional divorce that affect mental, emotional, and developmental well-being and behaviour of children. The effects of divorce trauma become more pronounced the longer a divorce drags on. And two or five years in the life of a child is a huge percentage of time.

Canadian Girls Are Suffering From "Supergirl Dilemma"

Saman Ahsan | Posted 12.09.2014 | Canada Living
Saman Ahsan

While it's always good practice to stop and celebrate our achievements and accomplishments, we still have a long way to go to truly empower girls. The non-profit organization, Girls' Inc. coined the term "supergirl dilemma" in a 2006 report to describe the pressure on girls to be everything to everyone, all the time.

Why We Need To Increase Insurance Coverage For Private Psychological Care

Roger Covin, Ph.D | Posted 12.02.2014 | Canada Politics
Roger Covin, Ph.D

Increasing insurance benefits increases access to private care, which has become a necessity in Canada. Those wanting psychological treatments must either choose between public care (ex: psychologist in a hospital) or private care (ex: psychologist in private practice). Unfortunately, there tend to be unreasonable wait lists for access to public care (typically one year or longer).

Why We Don't Need a Blood Test to Diagnose Depression

Roger Covin, Ph.D | Posted 11.22.2014 | Canada Living
Roger Covin, Ph.D

For those who are unfamiliar with this latest science story, researchers in the U.S. claim they can diagnose depression using a blood sample. Why would we need a blood test to do something professionals can already accomplish on their own in a fairly short period of time? The most touted benefit of this test seemed to be that it would offer the first "objective" measurement of depression. In the present case, the problem with trying to find an "objective" method of diagnosing depression is that "depression" and "diagnosis of depression" are two separate things.

Depression Symptoms You May Not Think About

The Huffington Post Canada | Terri Coles | Posted 09.22.2014 | Canada Living

There's been a focus on clinical depression lately, especially after the death by suicide of actor and comedian Robin Williams in August. But this cov...

Too Many Farmers Are Committing Suicide

Terezia Farkas | Posted 11.11.2014 | Canada Living
Terezia Farkas

Farmers are committing suicide as you read this article. In countries like India, the rate of farmer suicides has become a national crisis. The World Health Organization (WHO) is particularly concerned with farmer suicides because of the impact it is having on families. WHO estimates that one person commits suicide every 13.3 minutes.

What I've Learned After a Decade of Researching Suicide

Jitender Sareen | Posted 11.10.2014 | Canada Living
Jitender Sareen

The death of comedian Robin Williams last month sparked a worldwide discussion about suicide, its underlying causes and how it might be prevented. And, with World Suicide Prevention Day taking place Sept. 10, the subject is certain to generate more debate as people seek to understand this important health issue. Having spent 10 years researching the subject while working as a professor of psychiatry, I believe there are things we can do as a community to tackle this problem. With that in mind, I thought it might be helpful to reflect on what researchers have learned over the years about strategies for preventing suicide.

Would You Kick Someone Battling Cancer?

Sandra Charron | Posted 10.31.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

Have we learned nothing from the death of Robin Williams? People who suffer from depression do so quietly. They keep their secret tucked away in their chest where the agony of it is only noticeable to them, not others.

Let's Bring Awareness To Depression, Like The Ice Bucket Challenge Brought ALS

Sandra Charron | Posted 10.22.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

Depression should no longer be hidden behind closed doors and under bed covers. Rather, society should become as sympathetic to the disorder, as they were eager to pour ice water on their heads. We might even be able to lessen the very obvious divide between those who suffer from mental illness and those who do not. So this is why I love the idea of mounting a campaign in which children and adults band together to acknowledge the severity and the legitimacy of this epidemic.

The Kardashians Shouldn't Downplay Rob's Depression

Sandra Charron | Posted 10.19.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

Sadly, these people who are famous for being famous, could be using their celebrity status to promote something other than themselves, but instead chose to discuss depression as a simple emotion that Rob will simply overcome by his sisters nattering at him, and putting him down further.

The Love of Your Children Can't Always Save You From Depression

Sandra Charron | Posted 10.18.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

I read Zelda Williams's tribute to her dad. I could barely focus on the accolades because my mind zeroed in on the few words "While I'll never, ever understand how he could be loved so deeply and not find it in his heart to stay..." Because that's the bottom line. His children loved him deeply, and he loved them, and yet, all that love was insufficient to keep him here...Or rather, the pain was just too much. That scares me.

Why My Depression Never Led Me To Take My Own Life

Jean Bottari | Posted 10.18.2014 | Canada Living
Jean Bottari

My words and my confessions got you thinking? Good because that is my goal. Stop trying to be the strong one -- if you do so for too long you are going to end up like me. Tell yourself that if you think you mean nothing to the world there is at least one person who thinks you are the world.

Depression: You Can Win The Battle And You Can Win The War

Alex Sangha | Posted 10.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Alex Sangha

Everyone feels sad from time to time. But when the sadness doesn't stop and emotions start to interfere with life, that person may be depressed. Winston Churchill called his depression his "black dog."

I Think About Suicide Every Day, Even Though I'm Getting Help

JoinTheChase | Posted 10.14.2014 | Canada Living
JoinTheChase

I understand why people kill themselves. I think about it every day. That's not an exaggeration. It varies how much I think about it each day, but there hasn't been a day in the last six months that I haven't thought about it, and it's been this way since I was about 10. Very very occasionally I get a day where I'm struggling really bad, but I don't want to be dead. But it's not often.