Category: Mental Health Advocacy

Using Chosen Names Reduces Odds of Depression and Suicide in Transgender Youths.

AUSTIN, Texas – In one of the largest and most diverse studies of transgender youths to date, researchers led by a team at The University of Texas at Austin have found that when transgender youths are allowed to use their chosen name in places such as work, school and at home, their risk of depression […]

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 […]

Raptors fans rally to support NBA All-Star DeMar DeRozan in battle over depression.

Since the Raptors Demar DeRozan broke his silence a few weeks ago about his struggles with depression, he’s been overwhelmed with the response he’s getting from fans. DeRozan first went public about dealing with depression on Twitter in mid-February and he’s been hearing from people ever since. His message resonated with a group of young fans […]

Explanations.

“I don’t think people understand how stressful it is to explain what’s going on in your head when you don’t even understand it yourself.”- Sarah Quin

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 […]