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Beyond the Blues: Child and Youth Depression ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB529569
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Sharon Bartlett, Maria LeRose
Directors:  Maureen Palmer
Producing Agencies:  Knowledge Network (Burnaby)
Subject:  Documentary, Early Childhood Education, Family Studies/Home Economics, Health and Medicine, Health and Medicine, Learning Disabilities, Psychology, Safety
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2004
Running Time:  56m 30s
Closed Captions:  Yes


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Statistics reveal that depression in children and youth is on the rise. In fact, it has increased by one-third in the past 30 years. Untreated depression costs a teenager in many ways: lost eductional opportunities, lost social opportunities and lost time.

Through the personal stories of three young people, this compelling documentary traces the journey of depression, from early signs and symptoms, to assessment, diagnosis and treatment. The documentary also helps shatter some stereotypes.

This powerful 3-part series on child and youth mental health sheds light on the current situation and offers practical tools to understanding the problems and knowing where to find solutions. Depressed kids don't just have a bad attitude--they have an illness. And the illness is treatable.

The two other titles in the series are Fighting their Fears: Child and Youth Anxiety and A Map of the Mind Fields: Managing Adolescent Psychosis.

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