Getting help

How do I find help?

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If you or someone else is in crisis or needs immediate assistance, go to the nearest hospital, call 9-1-1 or contact your local crisis line

If you think you may be experiencing symptoms of depression, there are a number of ways that you can get help.

If you think you may be experiencing some of the symptoms of depression, it’s a good idea to talk to someone right away.

  • Speak to your family doctor, school counselor, or Employee Assistance Program if you have one through your work. They will be able to help you find the professional help that best meets your needs; and can provide a referral.
  • Call or visit your local Canadian Mental Health Association or Mood Disorders Association. They can connect you to help and resources.
  • Your local phone directory may have listings for counselors and psychologists. Ask about their experience in treating depression and about the approach they use.
  • Some medical clinics have their own counselors.
  • If these resources are not available to you, consider going to a walk-in clinic.
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Getting support from friends or family

During this time, support from friends or family that you trust is important.

It’s important to get support from friends or family that trust when you are feeling depressed. Most people who are struggling with depression feel tired and have difficulty making decisions. Supportive friends and family can assist you in finding the help that best meets your needs. As well, they can go to appointments with you, help you make important decisions, provide encouragement and help you stick to your plan.

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How to help a friend or family member?

If you are concerned about a friend or family member there are things you can do to help. Learn More.

Treatments for Depression

Depression is very common and fortunately there are many effective treatments. Learn more about the treatments that are available:

Self-help treatments

Counseling or therapy

Medication treatment

Alternative treatments

Please See:

Helping a friend or family member

Warning Signs of Suicide

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