Depression 101

Key messages

    Depression is a very common mental health problem that can include sadness, hopelessness and despair. It is more than passing unhappiness or a low mood. Depression can seriously affect daily life (CAMH, 2012).
    There are several types and many symptoms of depression (MDSC, n.d.-a).
    Many factors can contribute to depression (Bilsker & Paterson, 2005).
    Stigma, which can appear as prejudice or discrimination, can stop people from getting the treatment they need (MHCC, 2018b).
    Recovery is possible for everyone, and hope inspires recovery (MHCC, 2015).