Depression is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home.
Depression symptoms can vary from mild to severe and can include:
Symptoms must last at least two weeks for a diagnosis of depression
Depression affects people from all walks of life, regardless of age or background.
Child and Youth Depression Resources: Depression is one of the most common mental health illnesses, affecting about 11% per cent of Canadian aged 15 to 24.
Adult Depression Resources: Approximately 8% of adults will experience major depression at some time in their lives
Kids Help Phone – 1 800 668 6868 (Phone), Live Chat (online chat counselling) – visit https://kidshelpphone.ca/
Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention: Find a 24-hour crisis centre