Chapter 2: Mental health concerns

Depression – What can help

A combination of medication and counselling are usually recommended for someone who is depressed. Below are some of the things healthcare providers and families can do to help the person with depression. Click on each for more information.

What the healthcare provider can do


Antidepressant medication can take two weeks or longer before the person starts to feel the benefit of the medication. Once they feel better, they might want to stop the medication, but this may result in symptoms coming back. Encourage the person to continue taking their medication as prescribed and to discuss any concerns with their healthcare provider.

What families can do

Helpful resources