Depression is a serious mental illness that affects many, men, women, seniors and teens. In Nova Scotia, Statistics Canada found that nine per cent of Nova Scotians aged 12 and above reported being depressed, while 15 per cent reported being sad or blue for more than a two-week period.
To raise awareness about this treatable condition, the Department of Health has developed materials to educate Nova Scotians about depression, it's effects on families, schools and workplaces.
Information for Men
- One in 10 men are at risk for depression. Whether you are an executive, a police officer or a chef, depression can affect anyone. Often men will mask their depression through denial, addictive behaviours or minimize their symptoms.
Information for Seniors
Depression can happen at any age. About
one in 20 older adults experience severe
Information for Women
- Women are approximately twice as likely to experience a depressive episode within a lifetime.
Information for Workplace
- Mental illness is everybody's business. Work stress and depression have become a major health issue. Mental illness claims are rising fastest among companies as employees take stress leave to deal with their health.
- A set of aspirations for the Department of Health to enhance support for staff experiencing mental health issues.