It’s Mental Health week – May 7 – 13, and in honor of that, I wanted to share a feature that will be running on our sister station 660News. It’s important to me, personally, that we talk about depression and the effects it has on so many. Having delt with family members who suffered from depression, I know first hand the impact is has on everyone around them. Please listen every day this week for this ongoing feature from Craig Lester on 660News.
The World Health Organization believes by 2020, depression will be the second leading cause of disability globally.
Many experts say one in four people in Canada will be impacted by some form of depression in their life time, and one in 10 will suffer from a severe form of it.
As part of National Mental Health Week, which runs May 7-13, our sister station, 660News, is running a five-part feature on depression, speaking with people who suffer from the mental illness and experts who see and treat it on a daily basis.
The feature will wrap up with a live online chat on 660News.com with a counsellor from the Calgary Counselling Centre on Friday between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., which is open to anyone who wants to talk about depression, are looking for information or just need someone to talk to.
For Carol, her life journey took a dark turn during an abusive relationship.
“I had no self-worth, I didn’t put myself first, I gained a hundred pounds in four years, I left the relationship myself with my daughter, moved to the city; had to move back in with my parents,” she said. Read more here.
Depression Information and Resources:
Calgary Distress Centre – www.distresscentre.com/ – Crisis Line – 403.266. HELP (4357)
Calgary Counselling Centre: www.calgarycounselling.com
Alberta Health Services – http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/mentalhealth.asp
HealthLink – 1-866- 408-5465