If you’ve ever experienced depression, you know how it weighs on you, and if it goes untreated, it can stay with you for weeks, months, maybe even years. Depression touches every part of your life – your work, your relationships, your emotions and your thoughts.
But depression is treatable. In fact, it’s the most treatable of all mental health problems, and the sooner you get help, the faster and better the results. The weight of depression and the feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, and isolation can go away. If you are dealing with depression, know that you can feel like yourself again.
Up to 46 per cent of Albertans experience depression or anxiety, but only half of those seek help. On average, four to eight teenagers are depressed in every Calgary classroom, but only one or two are getting the help they need. Depression is the second leading cause of suicide, but over half of those who suffer don’t reach out for help.
Depression can happen to anyone. It affects men and women of any age, education, economic or social status. If you think you or a loved one might be depressed, don’t wait any longer, seek help.
No one has to struggle with depression. From October 5 to 11, Calgary Counselling Centre is making available a free, anonymous online depression screening test. The test is a quick and easy way to see if you might be having symptoms of depression, and for many people, it can be a safe first step towards getting help.
From October 5 to 11, take the time to check in with your mental health and encourage your loved ones to do the same. Take the screening test at test4depression.com – it only takes a few minutes, and it can change your life.
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