Depression is more than just feeling blue, down, or having a bad day. It is a form of mental illness that affects the entire person - it changes the way one feels, thinks and behaves. Symptoms include: persistent sadness and/or irritability; change in appetite; disrupted sleep patterns; change in activity level; impaired attention and concentration; and markedly decreased feelings of self-worth. It is not a personal weakness or a character flaw and a person will not just snap out of it. Below is a list of resources that can be helpful in understanding those experiences as well as how to support those around you.
You can contact the partners below to get more information and assistance.
ACCESS Mental Health
Clinicians work over the telephone to help people navigate the addiction and mental health system. They are familiar with both Alberta Health Services and community based programs and will explore options and direct/refer clients to the most appropriate resource to meet their needs. Access Mental Health is a non-urgent service.
Phone: 403-943-1500 (extension 1 for child and adolescent services)
Canadian Mental Health Association
CMHA champions mental health and provides quality information about depression and bipolar disorder.
- National Institute of Mental Health
American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry
ACCAP aims to promote and educate families about the healthy development of children and adolescents. Check out the Depression Resource Center for facts, articles, and videos.
- Help Guide
notMYkid aims to empower and educate youth, families, and communities with the knowledge and courage to identify and prevent negative youth behavior. You can get the facts about depression and self-injury from this website.
COPMI - Children of Parents with a Mental Illness
COPMI provides information for parents, friends, and children of those with mental illness.
FAMpod - Families Preventing & Overcoming Depression
FAMpod offers the Family Talk Preventive Intervention course which is designed to help support families with parents who have depression.
ConnecTeen is a Calgary based support service for youth to confidentially reach out for help.
Foundry offers young people ages 12-24 health and wellness resources, services and supports. It includes personal accounts, general information about low mood and depression, tips for mood management, and advice for supporting family or friends.
A resource for teens with depression, DWD uses an interactive tool to teach teens coping skills for dealing with depression and stress.
It's All Right
This site offers information, facts sheets, and character profiles to educate youth about various mood disorders.
- Teen Mental Health
Kids Help Phone
Kids Help Phone offers support for children and youth all across Canada. It is a 24 hour bilingual and anonymous phone counselling, web counselling and referral service for children. Many articles about depression and sadness are available on their website.
- Kids Health
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Using her personal experience and clinical expertise, Serani has created a book for parents to better understand pediatric depression.
This book helps parents learn how to support their depressed teenager.
This guide written for parents of teenagers experiencing depression provides strategies for parents to help their teenager.
Written for teens, this thorough guide addresses many aspects of teenage depression.
Welcome to the Jungle offers realistic insight into bipolar for teens and young adults.
In his memoir, Breel shares his experiences with depression and how he has coped with his mental illness.
Kids are given advice and assurance for handling blue emotions in the book written by a counselor and clinical psychologist.
For children aged 5-7, The Princess and the Fog helps with coping and understanding their depression.
Written for elementary aged children, this illustrated book follows Julie, a mother with depression, who shares her perspective.
Young children's fears and/or concerns are addressed in this book about Alex, whose father has depression.
Written for children, this picture book depicts a father's depression through his son's eyes.
Thank you to our friends from Calgary Public Library, Mood, Anxiety, and Psychosis Services, and Healthy Minds/Healthy Children - Outreach and Continuing Education for their contributions.
This material is designed for information purposes only. It should not be used in place of medical advice, instruction and/or treatment. If you have specific questions, please contact your doctor or appropriate health care professional.
For more information contact the Child Health Information Specialist at 403-955-7745 or firstname.lastname@example.org