Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Elephant in the Room

The Mood Disorders Society of Canada is gearing up an anti-stigma campaign, called Elephant in the Room. The idea is that organizations can display a blue elephant to signify that their organization is a safe environment to talk about mental health, without stigmatization.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Mass Hysteria

In a few previous posts, I've discussed the topic of behavioral contagion, which may play a small role in some aspects of depression epidemiology. There is a new slideshow about a related topic - "mass hysteria." You can watch it here.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Child Abuse and Depression

In 2012 Statistics Canada conducted the second national mental health survey. For the first time, they included a childhood experiences questionnaire allowing an estimate of the proportion of adult Canadians (age 15+) who report that they were abused as children. A detailed report was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, and summarized in a Globe and Mail article. the headline finding is the proportion is large: about 1/3 reporting some kind of abuse during childhood. With respect to the issue of clinical depression, reporting child abuse, depending on the type was associated roughly with a doubling to three-fold increase in the odds of having had an episode of depression at some point in one's life.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Perceived Needs and Mental Health Care

Perceived needs for mental health care are often unmet. However, as a possible sign that things are getting better, the recent Canadian Community Health survey - Mental Health, reported that 2/3 of those identifying mental health needs reported that they were met. This was a Statistics Canada survey, details are available here.