By Vancouver Sun
The Aug. 15 death of former Canucks forward Rick Rypien at the age of 27 reminds us that depression can be a fatal disease that must be taken seriously. His toughness and tenacity on the ice masked his struggle with the most common form of mental illness, clinically known as major depressive disorder.
The need to recognize this often hidden disease is particularly urgent now as children head back to school in September.
The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration cites population studies that show 10 to 15 per cent of children and adolescents have some symptoms of depression and that mental health problems affect one in every five young people at any given time.