Last Blog: Be The Change

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We knew our campaign was short but we tried our best to raise awareness about depression in order to support fellow college and university students suffering from it. We also wanted to educate their families and friends as well as provide them with tools and resources, which would help them, recognize and support the humans of depression around them.

We tried to lower our own walls by letting you in on some of our personal stories and takes on depression. We hope that it helped you connect with our blog as well as assured the humans of depression out there, that you are not alone. Despite the statistics and numbers proving that depression is indeed everywhere, we hope we have put a face to the statistics through these personal stories.

Depression affects our social and physical well-being; it takes a toll on sufferers of it as well as those surrounding them. Each one of us can do something to help. Our hope is that our posts may have inspired you to better understand depression and that this knowledge will encourage you to help yourself and others. We also hope this campaign motivated you to be a change agent yourself, in an effort to break the stigma and induce empathy within ourselves, to be part of the solution.

It was a wonderful journey, which taught each one of us more than we thought, hopefully as much as it taught you. We have connected with some of you and it has been a pleasure to feel that our messages were appreciated and found to be familiar. Thank you to all of you who have participated in this campaign. We hope you found it educational, motivational and empowering as we intended it to be.

Our final thoughts to you are:

  • Look out for your happiness and hold on to it because you deserve to be happy.
  • Start each day a new and ask for help because there are many waiting to help you.
  • Have faith in yourself and in time because healing will happen but it takes time.

Sincerely,

Humans of Depression representatives

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Depression, Suicide and Aboriginal Peoples

Honouring Life Network:  http://www.honouringlife.ca/

The Honouring Life Network is a project of the National Aboriginal Health Organization. The Web site offers culturally relevant information and resources on suicide prevention to help Aboriginal youth and youth workers dealing with a problem that has reached crisis proportions in some First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities in Canada.

In addition to providing a place for Aboriginal youth to read about others dealing with similar issues, the site allows for those working with Aboriginal youth to connect, discuss and share suicide prevention resources and strategies. The site’s directory of suicide prevention resources is updated on a regular basis with the hopes of providing Aboriginal communities with a comprehensive inventory of suicide prevention materials.

The website is designed to allow for sharing of resources between youth and youth workers to ensure the best possible information is made available to First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities.

Funded by Health Canada, the Web site stemmed from a joint working group of the Indian Health Services in the United States and the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada.

The National Aboriginal Health Organization is an Aboriginal-designed and -controlled body committed to influencing and advancing the health and well-being of Aboriginal Peoples through knowledge-based strategies.

Youth, Technology And Depression

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Since I became computer savvy and started using it, this opened vistas of knowledge to me but simultaneously I start thinking that this is taking me away from the social interactions, which remained part and parcel of human being since the time immemorial. I always contemplated that the generation which is growing up now particularly after 1990’s, may not be able to inculcate the feeling of closeness we have with our relatives, peers etc.

In my curiosity I found a article which says that in which study from Sweden concluded its result as ” in young women, high combined use of computer and mobile phone at baseline was associated with increased risk of reporting prolonged stress and symptoms of depression at follow-up, and number of short message service (SMS) messages per day was associated with prolonged stress. Also online chatting was associated with prolonged stress, and e-mailing and online chatting were associated with symptoms of depression, while Internet surfing increased the risk of developing sleep disturbances. And for young men, number of mobile phone calls and SMS messages per day were associated with sleep disturbances. SMS use was also associated with symptoms of depression. The findings suggest that “Internet and Communication Technology” may have an impact on psychological health, although causal mechanisms are unclear”. (Sara Thomée, 2007).

Thus I found a research which took me further in my thought with concrete results depicting how this technology is taking away not only from social interactions but also leading to more complex psychological problems. My further quest in this area led me in finding another piece of literature with the caption of “Technology Leads to Anxiety and Depression” which  shows basically that being on facebook for a long time could cause depression. Also people get depressed because they stress things they can’t control for example internet not working , phone frozen , etc. Another reason that technology could cause depression because every time a brand new a piece of technology comes out the people have to learn how to use it. Also because some people feel kind of stupid when new technology comes out. According to Dr. Stephen Westmoreland, a Psychologist in Tyler who says, “even with new technology to make life easier, stress has sky rocketed over the years.”  because when everyone gets a new technology they have to go through a tutorial of how to use it and not knowing how to use something you own could become stressful and cause depression. (Shamoon, 2009)

From all the information I learned that technology got its positive and negatives sides. The positive thing is advancing how we do things now  days, but the negatives are that its stressful situations which sometimes comes and which we don’t realize. Computer savvy youth must remain aware of these unforeseen consequences and must recognize the importance of real social interactions, which are innate part of human nature.

Ref:

Sara Thomée, M. E. (2007, May). Prevalnce of precieved stress, symptoms of depression and sleep disturbances in relation to information and communication technology use amongyoung adults. Computers in Human Behavior, 23(3), Pages 1300-132.

Shamoon, E. (2009, February 4). Technology leads to anxiety and depression. Retrieved from engadget: http://www.switched.com/2009/02/04/technology-leads-to-anxiety-and-depression-studies-show/

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