Not Minding Your Mental Health
A 2017 study based on results of the a nation-wide mental health survey shows that 11 percent of 15 to 24-year-olds met the criteria for depression in their lifetime, seven percent experienced depression in the previous year and half of the youth who met the criteria for lifetime depression reported that they had suicidal thoughts at some point. And alarmingly, most of the Canadians in the study with suicidal thoughts did not seek help in the past year. “In the emergency room, we see extreme cases and it’s unfortunate that they’ve gotten to that point,” says Dr. Zachary Levine, an emergency medicine doctor at McGill University Health Centre and assistant professor at McGill University Faculty of Medicine. Seeking help early is key. If depression is recognized and properly treated it can make a difference for 80 percent of people who are affected so make sure to talk to a family doctor and get a recommendation to a mental health professional if you’re feeling blue.