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The Rock reveals secret depression battle.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has opened up about his secret battle with depression which left him “devastated and crying constantly”, one month after he revealed he had witnessed his mother attempt suicide when he was 15. The wrestling legend turned actor, 45, candidly discussed the darkest time of his life in a new interview with […]

Graduate students break taboos around mental health in South Asian communities.

When Maneet Chahal and Jasmeet Chagger started holding free mental health workshops in Brampton three years ago, they both knew they were breaking longstanding community taboos. “Of course there’s stigma around the subject in mainstream society as well, but in the South Asian community, nobody talks about mental health,” says Chagger. Since then, that conversation […]

Delirium ‘a dreaded scourge’ underdiagnosed in hospitals.

By: Kas Roussy Robert Van Herpt was 53 when he decided to overhaul his life. A heavy drinker and smoker, he quit both at once cold turkey. He started a new antidepressant. It was, in many ways, a new beginning. But it didn’t go according to plan. Before long, Van Herpt stopped sleeping. And that’s when he […]

‘I want to talk!’ Waterloo students demonstrate for better mental health support

Months of waiting for counselling and the culture of high productivity has University of Waterloo students demonstrating at arts quad Thursday morning. “I want to talk!” One student chanted. “We want to listen!” The crowd answered. WaterlooWalkout for Mental Health was organized after a 22-year-old student in his fourth year of study died by suicide on […]

Grieving mother launches drive to reform emergency psychiatric units.

By late November, Ottawa wedding photographer Ryan Parent was in crisis. He was struggling under the weight of depression and anxiety, a burden made worse by his fear of returning to hospital. Parent, 37, had gone to The Ottawa Hospital in June because a friend was alarmed by his manic behaviour and by his online […]

Antidepressant drugs do work, review on almost 120,000 patients concludes.

A vast research study that sought to settle a long-standing debate about whether anti-depressant drugs really work has found they are indeed effective in relieving acute depression in adults. The international study — a meta-analysis pooling results of 522 trials covering 21 commonly-used antidepressants and almost 120,000 patients — uncovered a range of outcomes, with some drugs proving […]

We’re Working Nurses to Death.

By: Jason Silverstein Nurses do the work that neither hospitals nor patients could live without, which comes at an ever-increasing physical and emotional cost, as they are expected to aid sicker patients for longer hours with less support. Otherwise, nursing could easily be the best job in the United States—the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates more […]

The Real Causes Of Depression Have Been Discovered, And They’re Not What You Think.

By: Johann Hari Across the Western world today, if you are depressed or anxious and you go to your doctor because you just can’t take it any more, you will likely be told a story. It happened to me when I was a teenager in the 1990s. You feel this way, my doctor said, because […]

How to be merry even though it’s Christmas.

IT’S THE MERRY CHRISTMAS season, a holy time, joy-to-the-world days, happy Chanukah, the heartiest and most beautiful holiday of the year — except that it often doesn’t work out that way. And the only way to deal with this paradox is to understand how and why it works. The truth is, few people get through […]

What Not To Say To Those Struggling With Mental Illness.

For those who are grieving, the holidays are hardly “the most wonderful time of the year.” Not only are they navigating their pain, they’re doing it during a time that’s supposed to be joyous. Loved ones often try to alleviate some of the grief a person may be feeling by offering helpful phrases or advice, but what […]