What Is Depression?

The Canadian Mental Health Association describes Depression as a ‘mental illness that affects a person’s mood—the way a person feels. Mood impacts the way people think about themselves, relate to others, and interact with the world around them. This is more than a ‘bad day’ or ‘feeling blue.’ Without supports like treatment, depression can last for a long time.’

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, ‘some will only experience one depressive episode in a lifetime, but for most, depressive disorder recurs. Without treatment, episodes may last a few months to several years. An estimated 16 million American adults—almost 7% of the population—had at least one major depressive episode in the past year. People of all ages and all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds experience depression, but it does affect some groups more than others.’

Facing depression alone is not a good game plan.

Discover tools, information, resources and support.

More On Depression:

Depression can appear in different ways. Learn more about the different types of anxiety

Think you may have depression? Learn what to look for or Take a screening

Struggling with managing depression? Check out the self-care toolkit

Have more questions about depression? Know the warning signs

Ways To Find Support:


*** The information provided is not to be used for diagnostic or medical referral services. If you are currently experiencing a crisis or are unsure of what to do next, call a hotline below: Canada: 1-888-893-8333       |        USA: 1-800-273-8255