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Reach out to a free depression hotline in Canada for confidential help

Depression can look different in different people, but it is generally experienced as a low mood that continues for at least two weeks. If you're depressed you may feel sad, hopeless, and unmotivated.

In Canada, there are 6 free hotlines that support people experiencing the symptoms of depression. If you notice these signs of depression, consider reaching out:

  • Any task you undertake feels exhausting, and you are not as efficient as before
  • Even the smallest tasks take too much effort
  • You find it difficult to socialize
  • You eat more, and you crave sweets and carbohydrates
  • You wake up during the night or at dawn and cannot fall asleep again
  • Things that used to bring you joy mean nothing to you now
  • You could feel slower in your movement, speech, and reactions than usual
  • You feel worthless and deserving of disgust

These signs of depression can feel confusing and scary. It is normal to feel out of place. However, with the right kind of support, you can begin to feel hopeful and positive about your life and future again.

Reaching out for help when you're depressed is tough. You may feel like nobody will get you, that nobody cares about you, or that you're beyond help. But helpline conuselors and volunteers in Canada have been trained to help people who are feeling depressed. They care about how you feel and they want to help.

If you're in Canada and struggling with feelings of depression, sadness or hopelessness – or just feel alone in what you're going through – consider contacting a helpline for free, confidential help today.


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