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’.

God's Solution for Depression, Guilt and Mental Illness

The authors examine the issues of depression, conflict and frustration while addressing the perils of modern motivation, habit formation and the physical factors affecting mental health.

Senior depression

life-saving mental health treatments for older Americans : hearing before the Special Committee on Aging, United States Senate, One Hundred Eighth Congress, first session, Washington, DC, July 28, 2003

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.

Depression and Globalization

The Politics of Mental Health in the 21st Century

This is an important academic text on the political aspects of depression, specifically the relationship between globalization and depression. The text Walker reestablishes the link between mental health research and treatment, along with the political and economical influences outside the world of academic and clinical mental health. Overall, this book accomplishes the task of how closely and inextricably linked these diverse fields are and the way they operate together to produce not only a cultural representation of mental illness but influence the extent and type of mental distress in the 21st century.

Depression

The Science of Mental Health

First Published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Depression, what every woman should know

Perinatal Mental Health

The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) Manual (2nd edn)

The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) is a questionnaire and was designed as a simple means of screening for postnatal depression in health care settings. The scale is now in use around the world and this book is a practical guide to using the scale in clinical practice, its origins and development background. This second edition has been revised and contains much advice based on years of experience. All chapters and references have been updated and the chapters on screening and counselling have been considerably revised, the evidence base on interventions for perinatal depression is provided, plus details of innovative methods such as internet-based therapy. The book includes the EPDS questionnaire itself in 58 other languages, plus a discussion of the questionnaire’s cultural validity. The scale can also be used by researchers seeking information on factors which influence the emotional well-being of new mothers and their families and guidance is also given on use of the scale in research settings. The book will be useful for psychologists, psychiatrists, health visitors, midwives, family doctors, obstetricians and community psychiatric nurses, plus researchers in perinatal health.

Depression in Parents, Parenting, and Children

Opportunities to Improve Identification, Treatment, and Prevention

Depression is a widespread condition affecting approximately 7.5 million parents in the U.S. each year and may be putting at least 15 million children at risk for adverse health outcomes. Based on evidentiary studies, major depression in either parent can interfere with parenting quality and increase the risk of children developing mental, behavioral and social problems. Depression in Parents, Parenting, and Children highlights disparities in the prevalence, identification, treatment, and prevention of parental depression among different sociodemographic populations. It also outlines strategies for effective intervention and identifies the need for a more interdisciplinary approach that takes biological, psychological, behavioral, interpersonal, and social contexts into consideration. A major challenge to the effective management of parental depression is developing a treatment and prevention strategy that can be introduced within a two-generation framework, conducive for parents and their children. Thus far, both the federal and state response to the problem has been fragmented, poorly funded, and lacking proper oversight. This study examines options for widespread implementation of best practices as well as strategies that can be effective in diverse service settings for diverse populations of children and their families. The delivery of adequate screening and successful detection and treatment of a depressive illness and prevention of its effects on parenting and the health of children is a formidable challenge to modern health care systems. This study offers seven solid recommendations designed to increase awareness about and remove barriers to care for both the depressed adult and prevention of effects in the child. The report will be of particular interest to federal health officers, mental and behavioral health providers in diverse parts of health care delivery systems, health policy staff, state legislators, and the general public.

Mental health. Depression

Seminar paper from the year 2013 in the subject Nursing Science, grade: B, New York University, language: English, abstract: According to Pooler (2009), depression is a form of disorder which is characterized by persistent feelings of worthlessness and sadness which makes someone lack the desire to engage in any formerly activity that is pleasurable. All mood disorders are characterized by a syndrome that include psychological like decreased concentration or somatic symptoms like insomnia. Anhedonia (depressed mood) is a prominent feature of this illness. Nevid (2009), adds that depression involves moods, body and thoughts hence cause pain for individual with the disorder and those who care about him or her. Mood disorders are classified into unipolar depressive disorders and bipolar disorders. The disorders are in different forms which include Major Depression disorder, dysthymic disorder and several others with different characteristics like postpartum depression, psychotic depression and seasonal affective disorder. Individuals suffering this illness have such symptoms like agitation, loss of interest; sleep disturbance, lack of concentration, low self-esteem, and a very low mood. Individuals under depression may ruminate over feelings of worthlessness, helplessness or self-hatred (Tsuang, Tohen, & Jone, 2011). They have poor concentration and memory and hence they might report multiple physical symptoms. Individual behavior is usually lethargic or agitated hence affecting family and friends. In most children, irritable mood is highly displayed unlike depressed mood. Due to lack of treatment or early recognition the illness is missed and delayed hence making it much worse. This is in low and middle income countries where access to healthcare is a major problem (Herrman, Maj, & Sartorius, 2009). The point of prevalence in India is serious with mental disorders reaching 10-20 per 1000 of population. The provisions of health services are severely lacking where only about 20% of districts have implemented District Mental Health Program plan. Around 10% of individuals affected by mental disorders in India are receiving the right treatment facilitated by the huge disparity to access to health care facilities that are largely concentrated in urban areas (Goldberg, 2012). By 1999 the prevalence of India was 26.3% and 14,582 thousand DALY’s from depression. The current prevalence rate is estimated to be 15.1%. This is 3.66% of DALY’s due to all causes. In 2006 the suicide mortality rate was 10.5 per 100,000. The prevalence level is even higher on individuals who are most vulnerable

The Science of Mental Health: Depression

First Published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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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 listing 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 listing 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 listings here

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

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 listing 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 listing 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 listings here

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

St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Halton Seniors Mental Health Outreach Program - Burlington

A program providing specialized service to older adults with complex mental health and addiction needs

Clients may include seniors who have:
* behavioural disturbances or mental health problems associated with cognitive impairment
* mental health and/or addiction problems accompanied by significant medical illness or functional needs
* chronic mental illness who develop complicating age-related physical or mental health disorders
* late-onset severe mental illness
* the program involves specialists in geriatric psychiatry, nursing, social work, occupational therapy, and education
* outreach service available for those unable to access traditional services
* prospective clients require a family physician

The Halton program is also staffed with a seniors concurrent disorder worker through a local partnership with Halton Alcohol Drug and Gambling Assessment Prevention and Treatment Services (ADAPT)

The program also has staff called Psychogeriatric Resource Consultants (PRCs) who:
* provide a targeted educational and community development service and support for health providers
* provide education, facilitation and system support to staff in Long-Term Care facilities and staff of LTC funded community support agencies

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Group for Depression In the Older Adult:
* a variety of group and CBT strategies and skills are aimed at assisting seniors to reduce their level of depression and anxiety and develop coping strategies to manage symptoms

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

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.

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

Peer to peer support group for parents of children and youth with mental health disorders/illnesses
* provide support, education, and empowerment by linking networks of families, communities, agencies and government

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

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.

St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Developmental Dual Diagnosis Program - Level 1, Block D, Room D119 (inside Specialty Mental Health Clinic area)

A community-based mental health service that works with other organizations to form a coordinated network of services to meet the mental health needs of adults with intellectual disabilities. Services include assessment, treatment recommendations, and education and support to patients and caregivers.

Joseph Brant Hospital - Community Mental Health Outpatient Services - Phoenix Program Early Intervention Service for Psychosis - Burlington - Joseph Brant Community Health Centre (Brant Centre)

The Phoenix Program is a mental health outpatient, community based program for Halton residents age 14 to 35 who are experiencing early stages of psychosis
* clinical partnership between Halton Healthcare, Joseph Brant Hospital, North Halton Mental Health Clinic, ADAPT and the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario

Services include:
* rapid psychiatric assessment
* treatment based on individual concerns/goals including education about psychosis
* assistance with work, school, social and leisure activities
* specialized support to family and friends
* addictions counselling
* community program referral and illness management instruction after discharge

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.