Major depression is one of the most common mental health problems. About one in six Canadians will experience an episode of depression during their lifetime. To address this issue, there is a new evidence-based resource available that inform individuals about effective treatments for depression. The online resource is called Informed Choices About Depression. Using individual interviews, focus groups, and surveys, the Mobilizing Minds Research Group has spent several years gathering information from young adults about their information needs and preferences related to treating depression. Studies suggest that young adults have many questions, as well as misconceptions about treatment choices that could prevent them from seeking help. These new online resources address many specific questions that people have about treatments for depression such as:
- What happens to depression without treatment?
- What are my treatment options and how effective are the (e.g. psychotherapy/counselling, medication, exercise, self-help programs, herbal medicines, light therapy, diet supplements, meditation)?
- Who provides treatment, and what is the cost of different treatments?
- How long does treatment continue?
- What happens when treatment stops?
- How do I manage the cost of treatment?
- How do I find help for myself, a family member, or a friend?
All topics are available as Fact Sheets that may be downloaded, printed and distributed by professionals, or posted on organization/program websites free of charge. These are found on the website’s resources page.