Patient & Caregiver Resources - Depression & Mood Disorders

Depression becomes an illness, or clinical depression, when feelings such as worthlessness, self-blame, sadness, disappointment or emptiness are severe, last for several weeks, and begin to interfere with one's work and social life. Depressive illness can change the way a person thinks and behaves, and how his/her body functions.*

Mood disorders are caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. There are two main characteristics of a mood disorder; mania and depression.˜


Information Sheets / Guides

  • Antidepressant Skills at Work: Dealing with Mood Problems in the Workplace - Click here 
    Source: BC Mental Health & Addiction Services (BCMHAS) and the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction (CARMHA), Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University
  • Antidepressant Skills Workbook - Click here
    Source: Consortium for Organizational Mental Healthcare, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University
  • Building Resilience - Click here
    Source: Mood Disorders Society of Canada
  • Caring for Persons with Delirium, Dementia & Depression - Click here
    Source: Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario
  • Depression - Click to download
    La dépression - cliquer pour télécharger
    Source: The Centre for Studies in Aging & Health
  • Depression in Elderly - Click here
    Source: Mood Disorders Society of Canada
  • Depression in Older Adults: a guide for seniors and their families - Click here
    Source: Canadian Coalition for Seniors' Mental Health
  • Mood Disorders - Click here
    Source: Canadian Mental Health Association
  • Mood Disorders Research and Treatment Service - Outreach Program - Click here
    Source: Providence Care
  • Risk of Suicide - Click here
    Source: Mood Disorders Society of Canada
  • Seniors and Depression - Click here
    Source: Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario
  • Seniors and Suicide - Click here
    Source: Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario
  • Support for Families - Click here
    Source: Mood Disorders Society of Canada
  • What is Depression? - Click here
    Source: Mood Disorders Society of Canada
  • What Are Mood Disorders? - Click here
    Source: Check Up From The Neck Up (Mood Disorders Society of Canada)
  • What older adults, their families and friends need to know about… Depression - Click here
    Source: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

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Advocacy Organizations

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Support Groups

  • Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario - Support for Families and Caregivers - Click here
  • Distress Centres Ontario - Click here
  • Mood Disorders Society of Canada Discussion Forum - Click here
  • Mood Disorders Society of Canada - Ontario Regional Support Groups Listings - Click here
  • Providence Care - Mood Disorders Research and Treatment Service - Click here
  • Providence Care - Mood Disorders Research and Treatment Service - Relaxation and Calming Workshop -  Click here

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Other Links

  • Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Treatments - Click here
  • Check Up From The Neck Up - Click here

*Source: Canadian Mental Health Association
˜Source: Mood Disorders Association of Ontario

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