Resources for Those with Depression

Resources for Those with Depression

Depression is an insidious disease. Often regarded as an “invisible illness”, as with many other mental illnesses, depression affects roughly 8% of Canadians. Those under the age of 20 are most likely to exhibit symptoms of depression, and it is the fourth leading cause of disability in the world.

It affects women in different ways than men, as they are 1.5 times more likely than men to be hospitalized for depression, and are twice as likely to experience depression.

90% of people suffering from depression never seek treatment. However, 80% of people who do seek treatment, respond well to treatment and often show signs of recovery.

One of the most tragic parts of depression is the way it tricks the mind of the sufferer into thinking that they aren’t worth saving. That if they seek help, they are weak, or less than. Depression is a disease shrouded in shame; shame that prevents us from seeking the help we need, and from feeling deserving of that help and recovery.

Getting help for depression is always much easier said than done. Finding the resources yourself when you are struggling can seem impossible, and accepting the help of others, even loved ones, can at times be incredibly difficult. Here are several resources for seeking help with depression.

 

Mood Disorders Society of Canada

The Mood Disorders Society of Canada is a Non-Governmental Organisation that seeks to raise awareness regarding the treatability of mood disorders, work towards reducing discrimination and ending the stigma around mood disorders, build an informational and resource clearinghouse on mood disorders, and provide National and Provincial resources to Canadians living with mood disorders. They provide a number of support tools on the various forms of depression, anxiety disorders, gambling addiction, depression in children, and much more. And they also have a wealth of links available to over 60 different support resources.

 

Kids Help Phone

Kids Help Phone has been around since 1989, and was initially created as a means of providing young people with a safe and confidential way of reporting abuse. The response was enormous, and it quickly became clear that youth needed a way to speak about a broader range of issues, across multiple channels. They offer a variety of resources for kids and teenagers to talk about their bodies, bullying and abuse, sex and relationships, friends and family, identity, and a variety of issues pertaining to emotional well-being – including depression and sadness.  

 

Heads Up Guys

Society places a certain expectation on men; that “real men” are in control of their emotions; it’s not manly to feel sad or down; depression is a sign of personal weakness; and anyone with enough willpower should be able to just snap out of it. It’s myths like this that put men at risk in a very unique way. Heads Up Guys is an organization based out of the University of British Columbia dedicated entirely to men and depression. It is “a resource for supporting men in their fight against depression by providing tips, tools, information about professional services, and stories of success.” Their resources include, but are not limited to, a list of triggers for depression and how to be aware of them, how to perform a self-check for depression, and real stories from men all over the country about their struggle with depression.

 

Postpartum Support International

Postpartum Support International (PSI) is an organization based out of Portland, Oregon, that is dedicated to raising awareness about the realities of postpartum depression, and providing resources and support for women and families all over the world. Not unlike depression in men, there is a great deal of stigma around depression in mothers. There is an expectation that mothers can carry the weight of the world on their shoulders, and that a new mother should feel nothing but joy. As such, not unlike with men, there is a great deal of shame around postpartum depression, especially in religious communities. As such, only 15% of women ever seek treatment for postpartum depression, and there are no statistics currently available for how many cases of postpartum depression lead to suicide. PSI has various resources available to men and women everywhere, and a page dedicated to Canadian support coordinators.  

 

There are a number of other resources available including the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the Lifeline Canada Foundation and their free suicide prevention and awareness app, this thorough list of mental health apps from Scientific American, and, if you’re in Toronto, the Toronto Institute for Relational Psychotherapy (TIRP). They offer a variety of therapeutic services, including low-cost therapy options for those with budgetary constraints.  

For those living with depression, Share Lawyers understands how invaluable access to resources, support, information, and community can be.

 

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