Why Defeat Depression
Depression costs the Canadian economy almost $50 billion a year
Mental Health affects 1 in 5 Canadians each year, it reflects approximately 15% of Canada’s health care burden
Depression has a huge impact on our youth and seniors; nearly every Canadian family is affected
At its most severe, depression can lead to suicide. There are approximately 4,000 suicides in Canada every year — 11 people each day
Depression Does Not Discriminate
Depression is a common illness that strikes all socioeconomic, educational, and cultural backgrounds. It can be triggered by traumatic events, a biochemical imbalance or by experiencing a negative life episode. A family history of the illness is also a factor for higher risk of depression.
Why Do We Keep Walking
Defeat Depression is an initiative of the Mood Disorders Society of Canada. Defeat Depression events take place across Canada. Participants include friends, families, co-workers, neighbours, caring organizations and pets.
Funds raised help support Mood Disorders Society of Canada with:
Education, awareness and stigma reduction
Research and Government Advocacy
Our work, research, resources and materials are available for use by all Canadians and organizations and are available at www.mdsc.ca.