Depression (learn more…)

  • According to the World Health Organization, depression will be the single biggest medical burden on health by 2020.
  • Approximately 8% of adult Canadians will experience a major depression at some point in their lives, representing more than 2.7 million individuals or roughly 5% of Canadians in a given year.
  • Approximately 2.5 million Canadian adults, or more than 10% of the population 18 and older, will be diagnosed with a depressive disorder. Approximately 500,000 of these individuals live in the GTA.
  • Of those who develop depression, only about 20% will receive adequate treatment.

Depression in Women

  • 1 in 5 women can expect to develop clinical depression at some point in their life.  Only 1 in 3 will seek professional help.
  • Women are twice as likely to have major depression than men.
  • Women who have depression are more likely to have other mental health problems simultaneously such as; anxiety disorders, panic attacks, eating disorders and personality disorders.

Depression in Children

  • More than 250,000 youth and young adults between 15-24 suffer from major depression in Canada with more than 60,000 living in the GTA.
  • During childhood, boys and girls experience depression at roughly the same rate.
  • Girls entering puberty are twice as likely as boys to experience depression.
  • Children with depression are more likely to have a family history of depression.

Depression in Seniors

  • Depression occurs in approximately 15% of seniors over the age of 65 with more than 100,000 living in the GTA.
  • Only about 10% seek professional help.

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