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Depression is not simply having “the blues”. Having feelings of sadness and disappointment sometimes, is normal. Depression occurs when these feelings persist for weeks or months at a time and affect one's ability to function normally.

What are the symptoms of depression?

  • Decreased interest in activities that were previously enjoyed
  • Feeling hopeless, helpless or worthless
  • Feeling fatigued, loss of energy
  • Change in sleep patterns
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Change in appetite and weight
  • Decreased self-esteem
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

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What can I do about depression?

  • Eat healthy
  • Make  physical activity and  active living a part of your day
  • Talk to a friend, family member, counsellor, family doctor or faith leader
  • Develop a strong support system
  • Use relaxation techniques such as yoga and deep breathing
  • Practice good sleeping habits and get enough sleep for your body
  • Ask for help
  • Avoid using drugs, alcohol or caffeine to cope
  • Get involved in helping others and activities you enjoy

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Where can I go for help?

  • Family Physician
  • Friends
  • School Counsellor
  • Clergy
  • Family members
  • COAST – Crisis Outreach and Support Team Halton (for people age 16 or older)
  • ROCK - Reach Out Centre For Kids External Link (For children up to 18 years of age)
    24 hour Crisis line - 905 878-9785

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  • Depression  External Link
    Canadian Mental Health Association

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