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Monday, February 13, 2012

Stigma - and people speaking out

Living with depression isn't easy, and this condition can affect anyone. One of the many challenges that people face is stigma. The Mental Health Commission of Canada and Bell Canada have a major national initiative underway. Many famous and successful people that have struggled with depression are speaking out about it. This can only help.

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Statistics about Mental Disorder Prevalence

There are some statistics that fly around concerning mental health that are not easy to understand or validate. Recently, another blog interviewed me, and wrote up a story on the commonly cited statistic that 1 in 5 people will have a mental illness at some point in their life. The blog posting is quite interesting, and can be found here.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Social Accountability Award

Two medical students at the University of Calgary have just received a Social Accountability Award for looking at the usefulness of screening in the Calgary Drop-in Centre. This is a major study that they organized and conducted while in the middle of Medical School. They are just beginning to analyze the data that they have collected. Once results are available, I will post information on the prevalence of depression in this population - one of several conditions that their study examined.