Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Latest information on the prevalence of major depression in Canada

In 2012, Statistics Canada conducted a national mental health survey. This is the second such survey to be conducted in Canada. The first was conducted in 2002. On September 18th, 2013 they released a "Health at a Glance" paper to summarize the results. With respect to the condition of interest to this blog, the prevalence of major depression is reported as stable since 2002 at 5%. A link to the paper can be found here. On the one hand, this is good news, since it does not confirm fears that there is an epidemic of depression in Canada. This is not surprising, see this paper on secular trends. However, it it a cause for concern that the prevalence is not decreasing, despite presumably improving awareness, mental health literacy and access to treatment.

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