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While we all feel sad, moody or low from time to time, some people experience these feelings intensely, for long periods of time (weeks, months or even years) and sometimes without any apparent reason. Depression is more than just a low mood – it's a serious condition that affects your physical and mental health.

Depression is a mood disorder and the cause can been emotional, social, biological or psychological, and will only be diagnosed after the person has experienced persistent symptoms for two weeks or more. Everyone experiences depression in an individual way; however, there are some symptoms of depression that are said to be common:

  • Restlessness and agitation
  • Changes to sleep patterns (sleeping more or sleeping less)
  • Feeling tired and having no energy
  • Poor concentration and memory
  • Feeling irritable, tearful and impatient
  • Feeling helpless and worthless
  • Thinking about suicide and/or self harm

It is estimated that one in six people will become depressed at some point in their lifetime, and it can range from mild depression lasting a few months, to major (clinical depression) which at its worst can lead to suicidal thoughts.

Various studies have found that depression is more common amongst people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans because of factors such as homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, bullying and social isolation.

Other types of depression you may have heard of:

  • Bipolar disorder (formerly known as manic depression)
  • Post-natal depression
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
Just as a person’s experience of depression is unique, everyone responds to treatment differently.

Resources

Canadian Mental Health Association Windsor-Essex (Leamington Office)

215 Talbot Street East
Leamington, ONT, N8H 3X5
Phone: 519-255-7440
www.windsoressex.cmha.ca

CMHA Windsor Essex is a lead provider and advocate of community mental health services. We achieve this through treatment, collaboration, education and community engagement.

Street Health

711 Pelissier Street
Windsor, Ontario, N9A 4L4
519-997-2824
www.wechc.org/streethealth

Windsor Essex Community Health Centre, Street Health Site provides primary care and supportive services to individuals in our community who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Canadian Mental Health Association Windsor-Essex (Windsor Office)

1400 Windsor Avenue
Windsor, ONT, N8X 3L9
Phone: 519-255-7440
www.windsoressex.cmha.ca

CMHA Windsor Essex is a lead provider and advocate of community mental health services. We achieve this through treatment, collaboration, education and community engagement.

Teen Health Centre

1361 Ouellette Ave #101
Windsor ON, N8X 1J6
Phone: 519-253-8481
www.wechc.org/teenhealth_home

Teen Health is located at 1361 Ouellette and provides Primary Care and Counselling to youth between the ages of 12 and 24 years. Individuals come to us for Physical and Mental Health (individual and group counseling is available); Eating Disorders; Substance Abuse; Parent Support (support for parents and guardians of adolescents) and Pre and Post Natal for young moms.

Family Services Windsor-Essex

1770 Langlois Ave. 
Windsor, ON, N8X4M5
Phone: 519-966-5010
www.fswe.ca

At Family Services Windsor-Essex, we provide programs and services to enrich the community we live in by focusing on the needs of the people in it!

Windsor-Essex Community Health

1361 Ouellette Avenue #101
Windsor, ONT, N8X 1J6
Phone: 519-253-8481
www.wechc.org

As a community Health Centre our Mission is to support the health and wellness of our vulnerable population in everything we do.

Hotel-Dieu Community Crisis Centre

Windsor Regional Hospital
1030 Ouellette Avenue, 1st Floor Jeanne Mance Building
Phone: 519-973-4435
www.hdgh.org/crisis

The Community Crisis Centre is a partnership of area hospitals and social organizations committed to providing 24-hour crisis response services to residents of Windsor and Essex County who are experiencing serious mental illness and/or acute psychosocial problems. A variety of services are provided to reach individuals in crisis, including a 24-hour crisis phone line, follow-up crisis counseling and referrals. 

Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (Leamington Office)

33 Princess Street
Leamington, Ontario, N8H 5C5
519-258-2146 ext. 1200
www.wechu.org

Public health programs keep our community healthy by promoting improved health, preventing disease and injury, controlling threats to human life and function, and facilitating social conditions to ensure equal opportunity in attaining health for all.

Sandwich Community Health

3320 College Avenue 
Windsor, ONT N9C 0E1
Phone: 519-258-6002
www.wechc.org/sch_home

Windsor Essex Community Health Centre, Sandwich Community Health provides Primary Care Services and Counselling Services to the vulnerable individuals in Windsor – Essex.

Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (Windsor Office)

1005 Ouellette Avenue
Windsor, Ontario, N9A 4J8
519-258-2146 ext. 1200
www.wechu.org

Public health programs keep our community healthy by promoting improved health, preventing disease and injury, controlling threats to human life and function, and facilitating social conditions to ensure equal opportunity in attaining health for all.

 
 
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