Local stories: Struggles with depression and mental health

Local stories: Struggles with depression and mental health

In a series of interviews and research, reporter Bonnie Belec speaks with people working through depression or mental health issues. They talk about the personal struggles, fights with and friends in the health care system, and the hopes they have for the future.

Lisa Tucker’s husband is fighting depression. She says not being able to find the care and treatment he needs just makes matters worse. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

Family crippled by depression

December 07, 2013 - 4 h 33

“That’s my son. He’s two,” she says, beaming with pride.

Tucker is on maternity leave from her teaching career. But at a time that should be among the happiest in her life, she’s overcome...

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Family crippled by depression

Department says it’s addressing need for services

December 11, 2013 - 4 h 33

“There is no question we are seeing more and more demand, and in response to that we’re spending $100 million annually,” she said. “We’ve got about 900 men and women working in mental health...

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Depression can be a dark place

December 11, 2013 - 4 h 41

At times the 46-year-old has managed to avoid it. Other times, he’s fallen through.

“I think everybody knows what depression and anxiety is, but the true depths of where that can lead...

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Depression can be a dark place

Husband lost to depression

December 12, 2013 - 4 h 32

She told The Telegram this week it all started last summer when he cheated on her and began overspending — both characteristics he had never possessed — and she decided it was best to take their...

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UPDATE: New mental health program will enhance service

December 12, 2013 - 10 h 26

“Training is something we do anyway. This is what you might call, an enhanced initiative with Bell Aliant Pioneers, who have come forward and said, ‘we want to provide some support to enhance what...

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UPDATE: New mental health program will enhance service

Mom says system is failing kids

December 14, 2013 - 4 h 40

The mother of two teenagers doesn’t want her real name used in order to protect the privacy of her children.

Jane said just before that episode, she had read in her daughter’s diary that she...

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Local 8

Making it easier

December 17, 2013 - 4 h 35

On top of that, the number of people seeking services has increased by more than 2,000 referrals over last year.

“We acknowledge navigation is very difficult in our program and it has been a...

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Help people before they hit rock-bottom, woman says

December 18, 2013 - 4 h 37

“I found (the crisis line) very awkward and unhelpful,” said Burton.

“Any time I’ve called I was given the impression it was a call centre-type environment. I didn’t feel like anyone...

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Help people before they hit rock-bottom, woman says

Treat patients individually, woman urges

December 19, 2013 - 4 h 37

Linda Walker moved to a small town just outside Carbonear from Montreal during the early 1990s. She said it was a challenging time in her life, and living in a small community of about 450 people —...

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Treat patients individually, woman urges

Mother says son is stuck in the system

December 20, 2013 - 4 h 35

“He was angry all the time, lashing out,” she said of her son. “He would say he wanted to die or to kill himself. That’s not normal for a four-year-old.”

Mrs. B spoke to The Telegram...

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