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By Nicole Mortillaro

Mental health is costing the Canadian economy billions of dollars, according to a report by the Conference Board of Canada.

The board found that depression cost $32.3 billion in lost gross domestic product. Anxiety cost $17.3 billion a year.

The research concluded that almost one-quarter of Canadians are unable to work due to their symptoms. And, in some cases, depression and anxiety prevents people from entering the workforce altogether. Continue reading

Ashleigh-Rae Thomas

Have you read a story about a student who, despite all odds and adversity, overcame their situations and excelled in school? Or watched a clip about a young adult who has their entire life figured out before they’ve even graduated? Has it left you thinking ‘why can’t I just do that?’

Here’s something for you: don’t compare your progress to someone else’s.

Sometimes progress is just getting out of bed. Sometimes it’s eating, and showering, and responding to all those texts you never got around to. Sometimes it’s catching up on homework.

Sometimes it is just existing.

If you’ve done any of these, despite everything in your head telling you these aren’t accomplishments, then I’m proud of you.

When you have depression, anxiety, or any of the mental disorders that rear their ugly heads during young adulthood, simple tasks may not be simple for you. Everything in your head is telling you to just get over it and that it isn’t as bad as you’re making it seem.

Sometimes you’ll hear it from other people. They might see your irritability as lashing out. Your anxiety might seem irrational. Your homework, which was once a walk in the park for you, might leave you feeling like a complete and utter failure.

I’ve been there.

It was ugly. Sometimes I was oversleeping, or not sleeping enough, or overeating, or not eating enough. I felt what was the emotional equivalent of watching paint dry. I was very anxious about all the homework I was too depressed to do.

You would think hitting rock bottom is a one-time thing. I’m telling you from experience that that isn’t true.

I spent days, even weeks lying in bed thinking “this can’t be happening to me.” I was raised to believe only adults could get depressed. It started when I was a teen, and is yet to become less prevalent in my life. And the sooner I accepted that, I was able to begin dealing with it.

Since then, I’ve quit multiple jobs, canceled more social outings than I can count, failed classes, missed appointments, got dumped because I was too depressed, and ended some relationships for that same reason.

None of these decisions were easy. But they were ones I made in the name of self-preservation.

Studies say that this is a familiar narrative for one in five of us. Even though so many Canadians are experiencing mental health issues, we deal with it quietly because of the many stigmas around it. We assume our personalities are the problem when that isn’t actually the case. So, I can’t stress this enough: it is a disease.


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A new report from the Conference Board of Canada finds that depression and anxiety cost the Canadian workforce an estimated $50 billion a year in lost productivity, a result which researchers see as a wake-up call to employers who need to become more proactive in dealing with their employees’ mental health.

“A large proportion of working Canadians have unmet mental health care needs that prevent them from performing to their utmost, and our report shows this has serious consequences for the Canadian economy,” says Louis Thériault of the Conference Board of Canada, a not-for-profit economic think tank. “Improving treatment of mental illness among working Canadians would offer significant benefits for individuals, businesses, society and the economy.” Continue reading

By Will Boggs MD

Only 28.7% of those who screened positive for depression received any treatment during the survey year

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Most adults in the U.S. who screen positive for depression are not being treated for depression, according to results from Medical Expenditure Panel Surveys (MEPS).

“With the recent increase in prescribing of antidepressant medications, many physicians might assume that undertreatment of depression is no longer a widespread problem,” Dr. Mark Olfson from College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute in New York City told Reuters Health by email. “This study makes clear, however, that most American adults who screen positive for depression receive no treatment for their symptoms.” Continue reading


  • Stony Brook runs 2nd largest center for 9/11 responders in the US
  • The center has monitored more than 800 of the 33,000 rescue workers
  • They found a direct link between their PTSD and early brain degeneration 
  • Those who most frequently relived the events had worse symptoms 

An unprecented study has explored the devastating impact the 9/11 attacks had on rescue workers’ brains.

The new research by Stony Brook University confirms the connection between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and degenerative brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia.

It focused specifically on those who helped with search, rescue and cleanup efforts following the 2001 World Trade Center attacks.

Of the 800 first-responders surveyed, with an average of 53, more than 100 showed early signs of brain degeneration that could lead to Alzheimer’s.

Ten had signs of early onset dementia.

Those who most frequently re-lived that devastating day in their mind were more likely to develop symptoms of brain degeneration, the study authors reported.

The research, published in the Journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia, suggests thousands more rescuers who were not involved in the study could be at risk of developing brain diseases.

During the World Trade Center attacks, responders who helped in search, rescue, and recovery endured an array of traumatic and toxic exposures.

According to the study authors, one-fifth of these individuals subsequently developed PTSD.

In July 2002, the CDC initiated a monitoring and treatment program for WTC responders, spanning five clinical centers.

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By Lecia Bushak

A massage is often a luxury, but new research into its health benefits suggests it’s a luxury that’s certainly worth the cost and time. A new study finds that massages may actually help treat anxiety and other mental health disorders, like depression, due to their ability to reduce cortisol and anxiety symptoms.

The researchers conducted a randomized study that focused on patients who had generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). People with GAD experience constant anxiety, with fearful and worrisome thoughts clouding their mind at all hours of the day — often for weeks or months on end. Unable to escape these worrying thoughts, GAD sufferers will often feel drained, fatigued, or develop long-term stomach pain or muscle tension. Continue reading

by Charlie Gillis

A debate rages: Should people with depression be allowed in jobs with life-or-death responsibilities?

Becoming an air traffic controller is one of the country’s most gruelling career paths: an ordeal of interviews, personality assessments, math exams and pattern-recognition tests that take place over months. So Jade Bethune was understandably proud when he reached the final stage of Nav Canada’s recruitment process, qualifying as a trainee at the company’s Pacific area control centre on B.C.’s Lower Mainland. If successful, the 34-year-old would be queuing up jumbo jets to land at Vancouver International Airport from his seat in a space-age setting of dimmed lights and flickering consoles. Continue reading

By Mack Lamoureux, CBC News

‘I can now walk into a crowded place and pick out people playing Pokémon and know I’m not alone’

Billie Milholland calls it a miracle.

For the first time in years, her granddaughter Eden has been regularly leaving the house despite a crippling social anxiety disorder. What got the teenager out of the house?

Well, a Squirtle, a Geodude, a Cubone, and even a Dratini. The game Milholland is speaking about is Pokémon Go, an augmented reality app. Millions of people have become taken with the game, but for her granddaughter it’s a little different. Continue reading