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Mental Health and Wellness Resources: Depression
Student Services counsellors are available to support you in Room 211 in the Main Campus 9am-5pm Monday to Friday, and 9:30am-5pm on Saturday. This guide also offers online resources and information to help you learn about and support your mental health
keep.meSAFE provides Columbia College students with real-time and/or appointment-based confidential support in 60+ languages for any school, health, or general life concern at no cost. Get matched with a counsellor that speaks your language, is from your culture, or has a shared experience. keep.meSAFE is completely confidential within the limits of the law, so no one – including your family, friends, or instructors – will ever know you used the program unless you choose to tell them.
Offers strategies to help you conquer low motivation, nix negative moods, and defeat depression by actively making positive choices in small, everyday moments.
Beyond the Blues
This book can help you cope with sad and difficult feelings, find new ways to make friends, and deal with conflicts. Little by little and on your own schedule, you can make small changes in your life that will lead you to a brighter, more enjoyable future.
Mind Your Head
Covering topics from anxiety and depression to addiction, self-harm and personality disorders, the authors talk clearly and supportively about a range of issues facing young people's mental health - whether fleeting or long-term - and how to manage them.
Mindfulness for Teen Depression
Two experts offer powerful tools based in mindfulness and positive psychology to empower young readers who suffer from depression.
Exercise for mood and anxiety : proven strategies for overcoming depression and enhancing well-being
Exercise has long been touted anecdotally as an effective tool for mood improvement. This is an easy-to-use guide that will enable readers to improve their moods and reduce anxiety through engagement in regular exercise.
Help yourself move out of depression and anxiety
A practical 12 step self-help program which is a guide to overcoming the feelings of fear, anxiety and depression. Encouraging a proactive approach, 'Help Yourself' is filled with effective strategies for change, such as goal setting, positive self-talk and letting go.
Beating the blues : new approaches to overcoming dysthymia and chronic mild depression
This is a clear, practical resource for the millions of people plagued by persistent mild depression. One of the most underrecognized and undertreated mood disorders, dysthymia can be treated through self-help measures, psychotherapy, medication, or a combination of all three. This book is designed to offer general information on dysthymia and outline specific measures individuals can take in order to reclaim a positive outlook on life.
Overcoming depression : a cognitive therapy approach : workbook
This workbook is designed to help you as you work together with a qualified mental health professional to overcome your depression. The program described will help you develop a set of coping strategies and skills so that you can proactively deal with depression and prevent it from compromising your quality of life. Based on the idea that depression is a "beast" to be tamed, the treatment utilizes an acronym to help you understand the goals of treatment.
Depression: a Very Short Introduction
Covering depression, manic depression, and bipolar disorder, this book gives a brief account of the history of these concepts, before focusing on the descriptions and understanding of these disorders today.
Depression: Your Questions Answered
Provides an approachable introduction to the topic of depression, especially as it relates to teens and young adults.
Heads Up: Changing Minds on Mental Health
While providing information on the major mental health diagnoses, Siebert also shares ideas and resources to support those who are suffering, including holistic ways of balancing mind, body, heart and spirit.
Looking After Your Mental Health
Provides a gentle guide to good mental health, with input from experts in both psychology and psychiatry.
Mind over Mood
Helps readers use cognitive-behavioral therapy--one of today's most effective forms of psychotherapy--to conquer depression, anxiety, panic attacks, anger, guilt, shame, low self-esteem, eating disorders, substance abuse, and relationship problems.
The Mindful Way Through Depression
Drawing on both Eastern meditative traditions and cognitive therapy, the authors demonstrate how to sidestep the mental habits that lead to despair, including rumination and self-blame, so you can face life's challenges with greater resilience.
Unfuck Your Brain
With humor, patience, and lots of swearing, Dr. Faith shows you the science behind what's going on in your skull and talks you through the process of retraining your brain to respond appropriately to the non-emergencies of everyday life.
Tools and Resources
Please know that self-help resources are not a substitute for diagnosis or treatment. If you have concerns about low mood, it’s best to talk to a counsellor or doctor first. However, once you’ve checked in with them, self-help materials can be a great way to learn more about depression and practice different skills at your own pace or in between treatment sessions.
Recommended by the Mood Disorders Society of Canada, this workbook provides an overview of depression, explains how it can be effectively managed, and gives a step-by-step guide to changing patterns that trigger depression. Available in multiple languages in print or audio download.
A free skill-building program designed to help you manage low mood, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress or worry. You will have access to workbooks, activities, videos, or a trained coach who can provide up to 6 phone sessions that will support you on your path to mental wellness.
Resources recommended by a BC partnership of mental health agencies. Offers a list of useful workbooks, websites, and other tools to help you manage your depression and low mood. Their main website has information about mental health and can connect you with support and other resources.
A resource for supporting men in their fight against depression by providing tips, tools, information about professional services, and stories of success. It's a program of The University of British Columbia, bringing together the expertise and personal experiences of clinicians, researchers, and mental health advocates.
"A nonprofit organization that provides treatment, support, education, and hope of recovery for people living with a mood disorder." Includes a comprehensive list of online resource links and free or low-cost support services.