Depression Strategy

Mental Health Services

Depression Strategy

Depression is a serious mental illness that affects many, men, women, seniors and teens. In Nova Scotia, Statistics Canada found that nine per cent of Nova Scotians aged 12 and above reported being depressed, while 15 per cent reported being sad or blue for more than a two-week period.

To raise awareness about this treatable condition, the province has developed materials to educate Nova Scotians about depression, it's effects on families, schools and workplaces.

Teens and Young Adults

Teens and young adults who think they may be suffering from depression have resources to help them. The Department of Health launched a booklet and posters in 2005 as part of its mental health strategy to raise awareness of depression.The materials are meant to alert teens to the early signs of depression and to raise awareness about when they should seek professional help.

A health survey by Statistics Canada from 2001-2002 found that nine per cent of Nova Scotians aged 12 and over reported being depressed while 15 per cent reported being sad or blue for more than a two-week period.

The materials targeted at teens and young adults are part of a broader campaign by the provincial government to educate Nova Scotians from school-age to the elderly about the affects of mental illness on families, schools and workplaces.


One in 10 men are at risk for depression. Whether you are an executive, a police officer or a chef, depression can affect anyone. Often men will mask their depression through denial, addictive behaviours or minimize their symptoms.

Former Constable Fred Armitage has overcome depression and shares his story.


Materials for seniors have also been developed including a brochure and poster that is being distributed throughout senior citizens' clubs, nursing homes and doctors offices.

Seniors and depression - Dispelling the myths


Women do not experience more mental illness than men; they are simply more prone to mood disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety. Women are approximately twice as likely to experience a depressive episode within a lifetime.


Mental illness is everybody's business. Work stress and depression have become a major health issue. Mental illness claims are rising fastest among companies as employees take stress leave to deal with their health.

Employers need to become more aware of the impact mental illness can have on the workplace and strive to develop policies that support those employees.