Women who think they may be suffering from depression have new resources to help them. The booklet, titled Women and Mood Disorders: Stories of Recovery, launched today, May 5, during Mental Health Week. The booklet contains personal stories of five Nova Scotia women who are dealing with mood disorders. It is part of the Department of Health’s three-year mental health strategy. “By sharing their personal stories, these women are reaching out to others who may think they are suffering from a mood disorder,” said Health Minister Chris d’Entremont. “Their courage will help other women better understand when they need to talk to a health professional or how to help a friend they may think is showing signs of depression.” The booklet will be available to community health centres throughout the province to raise awareness about when people should seek professional help. Copies of the booklet can be requested online. As part of the Supporting Mental Health in the Workplace Initiative, employer charters will be signed by the Department of Health and the IWK Health Centre. These initiatives are part of a broader campaign by the department to educate Nova Scotians — from school-aged children to the elderly — about the effects of mental illness on families, schools and workplaces. The women and mood disorders booklet is available on the Department of Health website at www.gov.ns.ca/health/mhs/depression/women.asp .