Winter sport? Summer sport? Clara Hughes is an athlete for all seasons. She’s one of the biggest stories to emerge in Canadian sports, and she’s not finished yet. A six-time Olympic medalist in cycling and speed skating, she’s the only athlete in history to win multiple medals in both Summer and Winter Games. Clara was the Canadian flag bearer for the 2010 Vancouver Games opening ceremony, proudly leading the home team to its historic medal-winning performance; she also represented Canada with distinction in London 2012. But there’s far more to Clara than athletic achievements. Continue reading
Depression is much worse than ordinary unhappiness or sadness. Everyone feels sad, down or blue at times. But after a while, the sad mood starts to lift, and people get back to their normal routines. Depression is much more than simple unhappiness. Clinical depression, sometimes called major depression, is a “mood disorder” that is a significant mental health problem.
For some people, however, the low mood lasts for months. Depression can make it difficult to do daily tasks. At its worst, it can make people try to end their lives.
The primary factors that shape the health of Canadians are not medical treatments or lifestyle choices but rather the living conditions they experience. These conditions have come to be known as the social determinants of health. This information – based on decades of research and hundreds of studies in Canada and elsewhere – is unfamiliar to most Canadians.