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Canadian Mental Health Association

National Institute of Mental Health

Kids Help Phone Website Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Critical Mental Health Resources for College Students

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

Mayo Clinic depression resources

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

The Panic Center

The Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Treatments (CANMAT)

The Canadian Psychological Association

The National Network for Mental Health

The Mood Disorders Society of Canada

The Canadian Health Network

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA)


Is your teen at risk?
Drug use can lead to clinical depression and suicide

Suicide is the third-leading cause of death among 15 to 24-year olds, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.  Over 90 percent of people who take their lives had depression or another diagnosable mental disorder. Of those, about half also abused drugs or alcohol. Drug abuse can be the cause, or the consequence, of depression -- or both, say experts. Many kids turn to drugs or alcohol to self-medicate clinical depression or other mental disorders. “Substance abuse, while seeming to be an effective temporary solution, often makes anxiety and depressive symptoms much worse over time,” says Dr. Daniel G. Amen, a clinical neuroscientist, psychiatrist and author. Read this article

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Clinical Depression
Non-clinical Depression
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 Mental Health News

CMHA Nation-wide Conference
The Canadian Mental Health Association national conference takes place October 22 - 24th 2014 at the Westin Calgary.
Theme: Strengthening Our Collective Voice
Register here

Neuroplasticity reduced in brains of people with depression
The brains of people with depression show a reduced ability to adapt to their environment, learning and memory. a unique study shows. This is one of the first objective tests to show that depression is linked to decreased neuroplasticity. The magnetic stimulation tests also showed the lesssened neuroplasticity was not related to how much effort the person made. Read more

Doctors urge mental health screenings with physical exams
Most people don't address mental health issues until they drastically interfere with their lives, says a new study. This could be avoided with regular screenings.
Read more - USA Today

Calgary Flames Hockey Coach talks about his battle with OCD and depression
Facing a losing battle with depression, OCD and heavy drinking, Clint Malarchuk put a bullet to his bed. Miraculously, he survivived. Today he tells his story to corporations and high schools. "What makes me any different than a diabetic or someone with high cholesterol or a heart condition. You need medication, you take it."
Read more - Calgary Sun

Canada launches wokplace standards for mental health and safety
The Mental Health Commission of Canada released a standardized tool to help Canadian companies promote mental health, reduce stigma and support employees dealing with mental illness.
Read more

Magnetic helmet "rewires" the brain
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a helmet using magnets to treat depression in patients who have failed to respond to antidepressant medications.
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Toronto's CAMH launches Temerty Centre for Therapeutic Brain Intervention
A $7.2 million donation from the Temerty Family Foundation will fund research into promising new treatments for persistent and severe mental illness, including Canada's first clinic using Magnetic Seizure Therapy (MST). Read more

Calgary researchers could help depression sufferers get well sooner
A new pilot project at Foothills Medical Centre and the University of Calgary could one day help people with major depression get well sooner. The study will use blood and urine tests and brain scans to determine if there is a biological marker that will help selecting the most effective medication. Read more


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