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
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. Anyone is invited to call for information and options for addiction and mental health services.
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 the educate families about the healthy development of children and adolescents. Check out the Depression Resource Center for facts, articles, and videos.
- Help Guide
You can get the facts about depression and self-injury. notMYkid aims to empower and educate youth, families, and communities with the knowledge and courage to identify and prevent negative youth behavior.
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.
MindCheck was designed to help youth better understand their mental health.Arun's profile helps youth understand depression.
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
Canada's 24 hour bilingual and anonymous phone counselling, web counselling and referral service for children and youth also provides information to help youth out. Read about depression and what you can do here
- 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.
A guide written forparents of teenagers experiencing depression.
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 this autobiography, Breel shares his experiences of being a young depressed male.
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.
A picture book that depicts a father's depression through the 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