According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada (2013), in any given year, 1 in 5 people in Canada will personally experience a mental health problem or illness. Mental illness indirectly affects all Canadians at some time through a family member, friend or colleague. You are not alone. Although it may appear invisible to those on the outside, mental illness is real. It’s time to break down the stigma and connect with others, because together we are stronger. Depression What does this word mean to you? The American Psychiatric Association defines depression as a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. It causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. Jake, the founder of Connected Strong defines depression as “a slow forming mental illness that gets the bad rap of being ‘nothing’. Depression will take you to the bottom of a river and hold you there while you still look ‘normal’ on the outside to your peers. You’ll know you are drowning but you don’t care anymore since you feel so numb and lifeless that it just doesn’t matter.”
This is why we created ConnectedStrong.com. ConnectedStrong.com is a perfect place to connect with people going through the same experiences and become strong together!