Identification, Diagnosis & Treatment of Adolescent Depression (Major Depressive Disorder)

“Identification, Diagnosis and Treatment of Adolescent Depression: A Package for First Contact Health Care Providers”, is a best evidence based program that was designed to enhance the knowledge of primary health care providers (primary care physicians and other members of health care teams) to better identify, assess, diagnose and treat adolescent depression (including suicide evaluation).  It is currently being applied in a web-based format, accredited by The College of Family Physicians of Canada as continuing medical education.

This program was developed by the Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health team.  The Chair is held by Dr. Stan Kutcher, Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization Collaborating Center in Mental Health Policy and Training at Dalhousie University and the IWK Health Center.  The Chair team focuses on translating the best available scientific knowledge pertaining to adolescent mental health/mental disorders for use by youth, parents, educators, health providers, policy makers and the public; within the Maritimes, across Canada and internationally.

The course includes:

1) An informational overview to help first contact health providers understand how to identify, diagnose and treat major depressive disorder in adolescents.

2) A toolkit for first contact health providers containing diagnostic tools and other useful resources for diagnosing, assessing and treating major depressive disorder in adolescents

3) A tool resource for assessing suicide risks in youth