Why study depression?

Major depression affects close to 2,000,000 Canadians annually and is the leading cause of time lost from work, more than cancer or heart disease. Depression is a risk factor for suicide, which in responsible for more than 3500 deaths annually in Canada. 

Depression can affect anyone, regardless of their age, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Many depression treatments exist, but there are no specific ways to match a treatment—medication, psychotherapy, or other treatment—to a person except through trial and error. As a result, it can be a long and difficult process to find the treatment for the right patient. 

CAN-BIND: The Canadian Biomarker Integration Network in Depression

  • The Canadian Biomarker Integration Network in Depression (CAN-BIND) is a national program of research and learning. The CAN-BIND community includes persons with lived experience, caregivers, researchers, healthcare providers, government agencies, industry partners, and mental health advocates who are working together to achieve mental wellness for all Canadians. CAN-BIND is discovering ways to identify the right treatment for the right person in order to help individuals with depression get well quickly, and stay well.

    CAN-BIND’s mission is to deliver fast and effective care to all Canadians living with depression. Through collaboration, research innovation and systems-oriented thinking, we seek to discover treatment strategies guided by each individual’s comprehensive history and pathway to depression.

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