Depression and burnout

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It is quite normal to feel sad sometimes, just like you can feel angry or happy depending on the circumstances. Usually emotions come and go so that people still feel that they are in control and can handle them on a day-to-day basis. Depression should not be confused with having the blues, which is a passing type of sadness that everyone experiences at one point or another in life.

Depression is a psychological state that affects people in all areas of their lives. People suffering from depression experience negative emotions more intensely and for a longer period. They are often distressed by their negative thoughts and may have the impression that life is nothing but constant suffering. They have a hard time meeting their professional, family and social obligations.

There are different types of depression, for instance major depression, bipolar disorder, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or postpartum depression.

Questions to ask yourself

  • Is it time for you to change something in your life?
  • Is there something you can do to reduce not only the standards that others set for you, but also those you set for yourself?
  • You’ve lost your inner fire. What can you do to find it again?
  • Is it time for you to seek treatment for depression?
  Visit the Portail santé mieux-être of the Gouvernement du Québec for more information about symptoms, when to consult, treatment, complications, protection and prevention, risk factors and people at risk.  


Mtre Julie Goineau : Emerging stronger from a depression

Mtre Julie Goineau unequivocally states that depression and how she overcame it have made her a calm, strong woman and lawyer, who today would like to contribute to the public discussion about mental health. Matching words with action, she generously shares her experience, hoping to convince those who are suffering to seek help and hold on to the little ray of hope that, on some days, is all that they have.

Julie suffered a severe depression right in the middle of her law degree. During the years following her prognosis, she lived with highs and lows, somehow getting through the many periods of sadness, anguish, panic and despair.

After Julie’s inner storm had subsided as a result of the support of a loving family, invaluable friends and competent professionals, she was left with another major challenge, namely to wean herself off the medication, a major step in her healing process. Armed with courage and determination, she decided at this point to put on her sneakers and start running, which made it easier to leave her meds behind and promote healing. Two years after lacing up, she finished a marathon, an achievement that was more than just a success in sports.

Totally convinced that the taboos about mental illness would decrease only if discussed openly and frankly in public, Julie Goineau became involved in championing mental health issues by combining it with her love for running. Therefore, while completing a marathon in 2014, she launched the “One in five” initiative concerning the incidence rates of mental illness in order to raise funds for the Mental Illness Foundation.

She and her team together raised more than $30,000 in donations over three years. However, beyond the money pledged, it was especially people’s welcome and reactions that showed Julie the importance of the campaign because many people thanked her for what she had done and shared their own pain.

Today, with her depression behind her, Julie Goineau is a committed professional, who loves to travel and discover the world around her. She has an appreciation for life and wants to share what she’s been through and what she’s learned from it, inviting her peers to use a similar technique to raise awareness and promote prevention throughout the legal community. Lastly, she wants to spread a message of hope that people can become stronger after an episode of mental illness and really make a valuable contribution after such a challenge.


Resources are available for help and to obtain further information about mood disorders :

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*  Source : Portail santé mieux-être of the Gouvernement du Québec