Depression - Mental Health

People suffering from depression experience a common mental disorder that affects their overall thoughts, behaviour and feelings. They may feel a range of emotions, including sadness, anxiety, and hopelessness. They often lose interest in activities they once enjoyed, start over-eating or have a loss of appetite, experience turmoil in family, friend, and romantic relationships, experience fatigue, insomnia, and in severe cases, may have suicidal thoughts or attempt to commit suicide. Depression is different from occasionally feeling simply down or sad. If you feel you would like more information, community resources, or the guidance of a counselor to help answer questions or face challenges brought on by depression, for either yourself, a friend, or loved one, we are here to provide you with the resources you need. If you are in need of urgent, or emergency sources of support and information to help manage depression, Kinjunxion is here to help.

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Rethinking Depression

How to Shed Mental Health Labels and Create Personal Meaning

In a thought-provoking volume, the author critiques how the human condition has been monetized into the disease of depression and related “disorders” and offers a powerful new approach that updates the best ideas of modern psychology. Original.

Depression in Kerala

Ayurveda and Mental Health Care in 21st Century India

This book examines depression as a widely diagnosed and treated common mental disorder in India and offers a significant ethnographic study of the application of a traditional Indian medical system (Ayurveda) to the very modern problem of depression. Based on over a year of fieldwork, it investigates the Ayurvedic response to the burden of depression in the Indian state of Kerala as one of the key processes of the local appropriation or glocalization of depression. More broadly, Lang considers: What happens with the category of depression when it leaves the West and travels to South Asia? How is depression appropriated in a South Asian society characterized by medical pluralism? She explores on the level of ideas, institutions and materialities how depression interacts with and changes local worlds, clinical practice and knowledge and subjectivities. As depression travels from ‘the West’ to South India, its ontology, Lang argues, multiplies and thus leads to what she calls ‘depression multiple’.

A First-Rate Madness

Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness

This New York Times bestseller is a myth-shattering exploration of the powerful connections between mental illness and leadership. Historians have long puzzled over the apparent mental instability of great and terrible leaders alike: Napoleon, Lincoln, Churchill, Hitler, and others. In A First-Rate Madness, Nassir Ghaemi, director of the Mood Disorders Programme at Tufts Medical Center, offers and sets forth a controversial, compelling thesis: the very qualities that mark those with mood disorders also make for the best leaders in times of crisis. From the importance of Lincoln's "depressive realism" to the lacklustre leadership of exceedingly sane men as Neville Chamberlain, A First-Rate Madness overturns many of our most cherished perceptions about greatness and the mind.

Touched With Fire

The definitive work on the profound and surprising links between manic-depression and creativity, from the bestselling psychologist of bipolar disorders who wrote An Unquiet Mind. One of the foremost psychologists in America, “Kay Jamison is plainly among the few who have a profound understanding of the relationship that exists between art and madness” (William Styron). The anguished and volatile intensity associated with the artistic temperament was once thought to be a symptom of genius or eccentricity peculiar to artists, writers, and musicians. Her work, based on her study as a clinical psychologist and researcher in mood disorders, reveals that many artists subject to exalted highs and despairing lows were in fact engaged in a struggle with clinically identifiable manic-depressive illness. Jamison presents proof of the biological foundations of this disease and applies what is known about the illness to the lives and works of some of the world's greatest artists including Lord Byron, Vincent Van Gogh, and Virginia Woolf.

Yoga for Depression

A Compassionate Guide to Relieve Suffering Through Yoga

A veteran yoga instructor draws on the effective link between yoga and emotional well-being to reveal why specific postures, breathing exercises, and meditation techniques can help alleviate the negative and debilitating effects of depression. Original.

It's Not Always Depression

Working the Change Triangle to Listen to the Body, Discover Core Emotions, and Connect to Your Authentic Self

Fascinating patient stories and dynamic exercises help you connect to healing emotions, ease anxiety and depression, and discover your authentic self. Sara suffered a debilitating fear of asserting herself. Spencer experienced crippling social anxiety. Bonnie was shut down, disconnected from her feelings. These patients all came to psychotherapist Hilary Jacobs Hendel seeking treatment for depression, but in fact none of them were chemically depressed. Rather, Jacobs Hendel found that they’d all experienced traumas in their youth that caused them to put up emotional defenses that masqueraded as symptoms of depression. Jacobs Hendel led these patients and others toward lives newly capable of joy and fulfillment through an empathic and effective therapeutic approach that draws on the latest science about the healing power of our emotions. Whereas conventional therapy encourages patients to talk through past events that may trigger anxiety and depression, accelerated experiential dynamic psychotherapy (AEDP), the method practiced by Jacobs Hendel and pioneered by Diana Fosha, PhD, teaches us to identify the defenses and inhibitory emotions (shame, guilt, and anxiety) that block core emotions (anger, sadness, fear, disgust, joy, excitement, and sexual excitement). Fully experiencing core emotions allows us to enter an openhearted state where we are calm, curious, connected, compassionate, confident, courageous, and clear. In It’s Not Always Depression, Jacobs Hendel shares a unique and pragmatic tool called the Change Triangle—a guide to carry you from a place of disconnection back to your true self. In these pages, she teaches lay readers and helping professionals alike • why all emotions—even the most painful—have value. • how to identify emotions and the defenses we put up against them. • how to get to the root of anxiety—the most common mental illness of our time. • how to have compassion for the child you were and the adult you are. Jacobs Hendel provides navigational tools, body and thought exercises, candid personal anecdotes, and profound insights gleaned from her patients’ remarkable breakthroughs. She shows us how to work the Change Triangle in our everyday lives and chart a deeply personal, powerful, and hopeful course to psychological well-being and emotional engagement.

When Someone You Love is Depressed

A Simon & Schuster eBook. Simon & Schuster has a great book for every reader.

Exercising Your Way to Better Mental Health

Combat Stress, Fight Depression, and Improve Your Overall Mood and Self-concept with These Simple Exercises

This is the first book of its kind to reveal the link between physical fitness and psychological well-being. Dr. Larry Leith, renowned exercise scientist, shares with the reader how exercise can fight depression, ease stress, and brighten one's mood. The book includes many practical strategies designed to improve the reader's enjoyment of and adherence to an exercise program.

The Mindful Way through Depression

Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness

If you’ve ever struggled with depression, take heart. Mindfulness, a simple yet powerful way of paying attention to your most difficult emotions and life experiences, can help you break the cycle of chronic unhappiness once and for all. In The Mindful Way through Depression, four uniquely qualified experts explain why our usual attempts to “think” our way out of a bad mood or just “snap out of it” lead us deeper into the downward spiral. Through insightful lessons drawn from both Eastern meditative traditions and cognitive therapy, they demonstrate how to sidestep the mental habits that lead to despair, including rumination and self-blame, so you can face life’s challenges with greater resilience. This e-book includes an audio program of guided meditations, narrated by Jon Kabat-Zinn, for purchasers to stream or download from the Web. See also the authors' Mindful Way Workbook, which provides step-by-step guidance for building your mindfulness practice in 8 weeks. Plus, mental health professionals, see also the authors' bestselling therapy guide: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression, Second Edition. Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Self-Help Book of Merit

Running Is My Therapy

Relieve Stress and Anxiety, Fight Depression, Ditch Bad Habits, and Live Happier

From a New York Times–bestselling author and lifelong runner, a groundbreaking guide to fighting depression and anxiety one run at a time There’s no other book like this. Longtime running writer Scott Douglas marshals expert advice (especially his own, cultivated from more than 110,000 miles of personal experience), and a growing body of scientific research to show how running can make us happier. How? Everyone knows that running builds stronger muscles and a healthier heart; science now shows it also helps develop a healthier brain. For those struggling with depression and anxiety, a consistent running routine can enhance the mental-health benefits of talk therapy, antidepressants, and cognitive behavioral therapy. The key to running’s therapeutic power lies in its lasting physiological effects, inducing changes in brain structure and chemistry that other forms of exercise don’t—including the best mood boost in all of sports, thanks to the body’s release of natural pain-relievers. Running is my therapy is no longer just a mantra for seasoned runners; with science behind him, Douglas presents proven methods so that we can all use running to improve our mental health and live happier—in and out of running shoes.

Brilliant Madness

Living with Manic Depressive Illness

In her revealing bestseller Call Me Anna, Patty Duke shared her long-kept secret: the talented, Oscar-winning actress who won our hearts on The Patty Duke Show was suffering from a serious-but-treatable-mental illness called manic depression. For nearly twenty years, until she was correctly diagnosed at age thirty-five, she careened between periods of extreme euphoria and debilitating depression, prone to delusions and panic attacks, temper tantrums, spending sprees, and suicide attempts. Now in A Brilliant Madness Patty Duke joins with medical reporter Gloria Hochman to shed light on this powerful, paradoxical, and destructive illness. From what it's like to live with manic-depressive disorder to the latest findings on its most effective treatments, this compassionate and eloquent book provides profound insight into the challenge of mental illness. And though Patty's story, which ends in a newfound happiness with her cherished family, it offers hope for all those who suffer from mood disorders and for the family, friends, and physicians who love and care for them. From the Paperback edition.

Acquainted with the Night

A Parent's Quest to Understand Depression and Bipolar Disorder in His Children

A former writer for Business Week and award-winning author of Mars: Uncovering the Secrets of the Red Planet recounts how his children were inappropriately treated and repeatedly admitted to psychiatric hospitals before they were diagnosed with bipolar disorder and depression. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

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Joseph Brant Hospital - Community Mental Health Outpatient Services - Burlington - Joseph Brant Community Health Centre (Brant Centre)

Community Mental Health provides a continuum of care from assessment or consultation, to specialized treatment supports for clients with complex and serious mental health disorders.

Child and Adolescent Clinic (CAP)
Provides support to children/youth under the age of 18 years.
* Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist works with Social Worker to assess and provide treatment recommendations on complex cases.

Concurrent Disorders Clinic (Addictions & Mental Illness)
Specialized assessments of clients with co-occurring mental health and addictions disorders.
* psychiatrists work with Social Worker to identify clients who would benefit from longer term individual treatment.
* clinic staff also provide "Health & Hope Group," a 10-week psycho-educational support group for people who experience difficulties with both a mental health issue and substance abuse issue.

Early Intervention in Psychosis (Phoenix)
Regional clinical program provides service to clients 14-40 years of age experiencing a first episode of psychosis.
* jointly managed by Joseph Brant Hospital, Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, North Halton Mental Health Clinic, ADAPT, and the Halton-Peel Schizophrenia Society.
* for more information, see separate record here

General Psychiatrist Consultation Clinic
Assessment, medication review, and treatment recommendations via a "shared care" model with family physicians.
* follow up appointments provided as necessary for more complex cases to ensure the efficacy of medications prescribed and that the recommended treatment plan is working for the client.

Geriatric Psychiatric Consultation Service
Supports clients aged 65 and older who are residents of Burlington, for more details see separate record here

Halton Homes (homelessness service)
Provides clinical support to Halton Homes service which targets mental health clients at risk of being homeless and provides both clinical case management and housing supports.
* Ontario Ministry of Health supportive housing initiative, lead agency is Summit Housing and Outreach Program.
* for more information see separate records here

PACT (Program of Assertive Community Treatment)
Community outreach program of Halton Region, is housed at Joseph Brant serving all Halton residents, see separate record here

PHAST (Prioritizing Health through Acute Stabilization and Treatment)
Access to mental health and addiction services for individuals 16 and older with mental health and/or addiction concerns who have an urgent need for acute stabilization and intervention
* multidisciplinary model, which includes the services of a registered nurse, addictions specialists, social workers, a child and youth intensive worker, a peer support worker, an occupational therapist, a transitional age youth social worker, a case manager and clerical support
* treatment includes stabilization and referral to social service agency partners through a combination of group and one-on-one sessions for individuals and their families

Treatment Services
Available through referral from a physician:
1. Short Term Treatment
Meets the needs of individuals who are experiencing mental health issues such as mood or anxiety disorders.
* assessment, psychiatric evaluation, treatment planning, skill development and coordination of community resources.
* an average of 12 therapy sessions is offered.
* clinicians also offer treatment via several groups, e.g. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for clients with depression or anxiety.

2. Intensive Case Management
Inter-professional team offers comprehensive outreach services to adult clients and their families.
* addresses the multiple needs of clients with predominantly psychotic or severe mood disorders (eg. bipolar) and focuses on the client's goals and effective community reintegration.

3. Medication Clinic
Operates with both RN and Psychiatrist support for the follow up of primarily a chronic population.
* goals are to facilitate the optimal use of psychotropic medications with a view to prevent/reduce hospitalizations and Emergency Department visits, ensure client stability in the community and support clients in maintaining adequate functioning and an enhanced quality of life.

Recovery Canada - Burlington Groups - No Physical Address

Major Services:
* weekly group meetings to support those with anxiety, depression and low self-esteem, open to the public and visitors to join and observe
* monthly leaders training for interested members who have attended Recovery Canada groups for at least six months

Website includes more information on the Recovery method as well as information on the meeting places, telephone meetings, chat rooms, and online meetings (see here)

St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Women's Health Concerns Clinic - West 5th Campus, Level 1, Block C

Provides assessment, consultation, and treatment for women who are experiencing mood problems related to reproductive issues (i.e. mentrual cycle, childbearing, or menopause). Offers evaluation and treatment for premenstrual syndrome (PMS), premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), changes in mood related to pregnancy and the postpartum period, and symptoms related to the menopausal transition.

Joseph Brant Hospital - Community Mental Health Outpatient Services - Burlington - Joseph Brant Community Health Centre (Brant Centre)

Community Mental Health provides a continuum of care from assessment or consultation, to specialized treatment supports for clients with complex and serious mental health disorders.

Child and Adolescent Clinic (CAP)
Provides support to children/youth under the age of 18 years.
* Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist works with Social Worker to assess and provide treatment recommendations on complex cases.

Concurrent Disorders Clinic (Addictions & Mental Illness)
Specialized assessments of clients with co-occurring mental health and addictions disorders.
* psychiatrists work with Social Worker to identify clients who would benefit from longer term individual treatment.
* clinic staff also provide "Health & Hope Group," a 10-week psycho-educational support group for people who experience difficulties with both a mental health issue and substance abuse issue.

Early Intervention in Psychosis (Phoenix)
Regional clinical program provides service to clients 14-40 years of age experiencing a first episode of psychosis.
* jointly managed by Joseph Brant Hospital, Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, North Halton Mental Health Clinic, ADAPT, and the Halton-Peel Schizophrenia Society.
* for more information, see separate record here

General Psychiatrist Consultation Clinic
Assessment, medication review, and treatment recommendations via a "shared care" model with family physicians.
* follow up appointments provided as necessary for more complex cases to ensure the efficacy of medications prescribed and that the recommended treatment plan is working for the client.

Geriatric Psychiatric Consultation Service
Supports clients aged 65 and older who are residents of Burlington, for more details see separate record here

Halton Homes (homelessness service)
Provides clinical support to Halton Homes service which targets mental health clients at risk of being homeless and provides both clinical case management and housing supports.
* Ontario Ministry of Health supportive housing initiative, lead agency is Summit Housing and Outreach Program.
* for more information see separate records here

PACT (Program of Assertive Community Treatment)
Community outreach program of Halton Region, is housed at Joseph Brant serving all Halton residents, see separate record here

PHAST (Prioritizing Health through Acute Stabilization and Treatment)
Access to mental health and addiction services for individuals 16 and older with mental health and/or addiction concerns who have an urgent need for acute stabilization and intervention
* multidisciplinary model, which includes the services of a registered nurse, addictions specialists, social workers, a child and youth intensive worker, a peer support worker, an occupational therapist, a transitional age youth social worker, a case manager and clerical support
* treatment includes stabilization and referral to social service agency partners through a combination of group and one-on-one sessions for individuals and their families

Treatment Services
Available through referral from a physician:
1. Short Term Treatment
Meets the needs of individuals who are experiencing mental health issues such as mood or anxiety disorders.
* assessment, psychiatric evaluation, treatment planning, skill development and coordination of community resources.
* an average of 12 therapy sessions is offered.
* clinicians also offer treatment via several groups, e.g. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for clients with depression or anxiety.

2. Intensive Case Management
Inter-professional team offers comprehensive outreach services to adult clients and their families.
* addresses the multiple needs of clients with predominantly psychotic or severe mood disorders (eg. bipolar) and focuses on the client's goals and effective community reintegration.

3. Medication Clinic
Operates with both RN and Psychiatrist support for the follow up of primarily a chronic population.
* goals are to facilitate the optimal use of psychotropic medications with a view to prevent/reduce hospitalizations and Emergency Department visits, ensure client stability in the community and support clients in maintaining adequate functioning and an enhanced quality of life.

Hamilton Mental Health Outreach

A community mental health organization that provides client-directed intensive case management services for adults who have a serious and persistent mental illness.

St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Women's Health Concerns Clinic - West 5th Campus, Level 1, Block C

Provides assessment, consultation, and treatment for women who are experiencing mood problems related to reproductive issues (i.e. mentrual cycle, childbearing, or menopause). Offers evaluation and treatment for premenstrual syndrome (PMS), premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), changes in mood related to pregnancy and the postpartum period, and symptoms related to the menopausal transition.

Halton Healthcare - Mental Health - Outpatient Services - Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital

The mental health program at OTMH provides a comprehensive range of outpatient services to children, youth, adults, and seniors * services include psychiatric consultation and assessment, treatment, community outreach, day programming, bridging support, and community education workshops


Outpatient services for adults:
  • Community Support Team (provides long-term case management to enable individuals with severe and persistent mental illnesses to attain self-sufficiency, stability and integration into the community)
  • Community Treatment Order (CTO) (allows individuals with severe and persistent mental illness to receive treatment, support and supervision in their own community)
  • Concurrent Disorders Program (offers help to individuals who have a concurrent addiction and mental health issue)
  • Crisis Response Team 1-877-825-9011
  • Older Adult Mental Health Clinic (provides assessment, consultation, treatment and follow-up services to older persons with mental health issues, including behavioural and psychological complications associated with neurodegenerative diseases)
  • Halton Geriatric Mental Health Outreach Program 905-681-8233
  • Mental Health Day Program (six week intensive group program * focused on crisis management, symptom stabilization, education, group and individual counselling and the coordination of resources for follow-up after discharge)
  • Medication Clinic (provides long-term medication management for adults diagnosed with serious and persistent psychiatric illnesses)
  • Medication Review Clinic (provides short-term psychiatric assessment, treatment initiation and stabilization to individuals who are followed by family physicians in Halton)
  • Outpatient Psychotherapy Services (individual and group therapy for individuals experiencing depression and anxiety disorders)
  • Phoenix Program, Early Intervention Service for Psychosis (clinical partnership between Joseph Brant Hospital, Halton Healthcare, North Halton Mental Health Clinic, Halton ADAPT and the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario that provides comprehensive clinical services for individuals in their first episode of psychosis)

Outpatient services for children and adolescents: 905-845-2571 ext 4900
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Inpatient Service (CAPIS) Day Hospital (provides assessment, stabilization, and treatment for children and youth, up to the age of 17 years, experiencing acute mental health symptoms)
  • Child and Youth Outpatient Services (offers specialized programming for transitional aged youth, attention deficit disorders, and anxiety)
  • Eating Disorders Clinic (provides multidisciplinary consultations, assessment and short-term treatment to meet the needs of children, youth and their family members)
  • Navigator Service (provides short term support and case management to children, youth and their families as they navigate through the mental health system and transition to longer term services)
  • Phoenix Program, Early Intervention Service for Psychosis 905-845-2571 ext 4800;
  • Recovery Through Education for Adolescents and Children in Halton (REACH) (provides intensive mental health treatment and education services in a local community high school to prevent hospitalization or to support students as they transition from the inpatient unit into a community setting) 


Services and Programs:
  • CAPIS Day Hospital

Parents for Children's Mental Health - Family Support Group - Oakville Chapter

Provincial, family-led, non-profit organization that provides a voice for families who face the challenges of child and youth mental health issues * provide support, education, and empowerment by linking networks of families, communities, agencies and government


Services include:
  • peer to peer assistance and support
  • link families to important networks within their communities
  • help families access important resources

Mental Health Rights Coalition of Hamilton

A consumer-run drop-in and resource centre for people with lived experience of mental health or addiction problems. Peer support is available as needed in person and over the phone. Also provides peer support training to individuals and agencies.

Parents for Children's Mental Health - Hamilton Chapter

Provides support, education, and empowerment to parents and families of children and youth who face mental health challenges. Local chapter of a provincial, family-led organization.

Woodview Mental Health and Autism Services - Hamilton

Offers community-based, office-based, and day treatment programs for children and youth who face emotional, behavioural, and mental health challenges. A wide variety of programs and services for children, teens and adults with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder are offered.

Programs in Hamilton include day treatment at Delta Secondary (HAM2899), day treatment at Hill Park Secondary (HAM0840), ASD Adult Residential Program (HAM0586), ASD Adult SIL Program (HAM2868), ASD Day Supports Program - a Transition to Adulthood group at Woodview Manor (HAM2866), ASD Children and Teen groups and camps and Adult ASD Vocational and Passport services (HAM1428) (HAM2866).

Trillium Health Partners - Women's Reproductive Mental Health Program - Credit Valley Hospital

Provides assessment, consultation and treatment for women who experience emotional and or mental health issues during pregnancy or during the postpartum period * inter-professional team including a psychiatrist, a psychologist, a nurse and a social worker


Services provided:
  • diagnostic consultation
  • medication consultation
  • individual therapy
  • marital therapy
  • support group
  • partner education workshops
  • bereavement counseling