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What's New

Mar 4: Clara’s Big Ride for Bell Let’s Talk gets ready to roll in support of Canadian mental health (PDF)

Jan 16: The Canadian Research and Intervention Network (CDRIN) is holding a conference in Ottawa March 26 & 27, 2014. The theme is: 'Transforming Depression through Connections.' Visit CDRIN for more info.

Jan 16: The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health acknowledges a successful year of Workplace Mental Health (PDF)

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Mar 25: Her Excellency Sharon Johnston to Speak at the Canadian Depression Research and Intervention Network Conference (News Release)

Dec 4: MDSC issues statement on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and suicide prevention in Canada (News Release

Nov 6: The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario (CDSBEO) will participate in the Elephant in the Room Anti-Stigma Campaign! (Press Release
 

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Welcome

Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC) is a national, not for profit, consumer driven, voluntary health charity committed to ensuring that the voices of consumers, family members and caregivers are heard on issues relating to mental health and mental illness; and in particular with regard to depression, bipolar illness and other associated mood disorders.

MDSC was formally launched and incorporated in 2001 with the overall objective to provide people with mood disorders with a strong, cohesive voice at the national level to improve access to treatment, inform research, shape program development and government policies to improve the quality of life for people affected by mood disorders.

NEWS




The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health Proudly Announces the 2014 Champions of Mental Health Awards Recipients (PDF)





InTouch Mobile Canada has partnered with us on our Elephant in the Room Anti-Stigma Campaign!  (PDF)





Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada has partnered with us on our Elephant in the Room Anti-Stigma Campaign!  (PDF)





We are happy to announce that The Toronto Police Service (TPS) will partner with us on the implementation of the Elephant in the Room Anti-Stigma Campaign, raising awareness about mental illness in the workplace.  TPS is the first policing organization in the province of Ontario, to partner with The Mood Disorders Society of Canada on this initiative. (PDF)





Elephant in the Room is a national anti- stigma campaign designed to eliminate stigma associated with mental Illness.

 When you display your blue elephant, you show that you    care about the wellness of others, that THIS is a safe  place to talk about mental illness without fear of being  looked upon differently, thought of less, or punished.

 When you see our little blue elephant, you know  that THIS is a safe place to speak about any mental  health issues you or your family may be having. You will  be treated with respect and dignity, you will not be  stigmatized in any way, and you will find support and  understanding from a friend who cares.
 Click to learn more. 


Check out COPE @ McMaster's DD October 2013 Event Video!





Donate A Car Canada accepts vehicle donations for “Mood Disorders Society of Canada”. To donate a car, truck, RV, boat, motorcycle or other vehicle to "Mood Disorders Society of Canada, go to https://donatecar.ca/org/donate.php?charitypage=324.

We provide free towing in many areas across Canada, or you can drop off your vehicle to maximize your donation. When you donate your car HERE
, it will either be recycled or sold at auction depending on its condition, age and location. Donate A Car Canada will look after everything to make your donation easy for you to support ” Mood Disorders Society of Canada”.

DONATE NOW
 and “Mood Disorders Society of Canada” will send you a tax receipt after your car donation is complete!





 

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Complete the survey HERE  





 

Mood Disorders Society of Canada announces that we have partnered with the reimbursement solutions provider, Cameron Stewart LifeScience, to provide our followers/members with access to RxHelp programs. This provides, free of charge, name brand prescription drugs at the cost of generics. (Read the announcement





Clara's Big Ride for Bell Let's Talk

Calling all Canadians

Bell Let's Talk is looking for interviewees for a documentary as part of Clara Hughes Big Ride this spring! Want to join in the conversation and help Clara fight stigma around depression and mental illness? (Read more here) 

On
 March 14, 2014, Bell Let’s Talk is going even further. Now in its third year, we’re taking the conversation around the country, transforming it into an event spanning more than:

12,000 km

110 days
95 community stops





The Canadian Depression Research and Intervention Network (CDRIN); a partnership between Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC,) the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) and the University Of Ottawa Institute Of Mental Health Research (IMHR) recently brought together a wonderful group of people to Toronto for a CDRIN 3 day training on research to assist in supporting their active engagement in research projects across Canada. Our goal is to greatly increase the number of persons with lived experience of mental health issues to be actively involved in the complete research process from start to finish.



The Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC) has been a steadfast advocate for persons with lived experience to be directly involved in all decision making tables and in all phases of mental health research. As such, we contacted Dr. Barbara Everett, Ph D who developed and successfully delivered an exceptional 3 day program that offered the learner the right knowledge to actively participate on research projects and teams with a strong level of comfort. This training is considered first of its kind and is a unique opportunity for us to learn and work together to integrate the lived experience perspective into research work in Canada. We are all aware of the importance of having our knowledge involved in every aspect of research, (not just as  

subjects of research), we have now taken that step forward. The goal of the training is to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to participate effectively in research projects in their local communities. 

CDRIN took steps to make this training happen. CDRIN is a partnership between Mood Disorders Society of Canada (www.mooddisorderscanada.ca), the Mental Health Commission of Canada (www.mentalhealthcommission.ca), and The University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research, (www.imhr.ca).


Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario (CDSBEO) Partners with Elephant in the Room Anti-Stigma Campaign    

We are happy to announce that The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario (CDSBEO) will partner with us on the implementation of the Elephant in the Room Anti-Stigma Campaign, raising awareness about mental illness in the workplace, and in the classroom. The CDSBEO is the first school board in the province of Ontario, to partner with The Mood Disorders Society of Canada on this initiative. (Announcement PDF)


The Changing Face of MDSC

MDSC hired a Youth Engagement Coordinator to increase our outreach to high schools, colleges and universities.
Click to read Mariette's Bio 




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CAMIMH Joins Forces with the Governor General to Move Forward for Mental Health. Read the release HERE


Calling all Canadians: Clara’s Big Ride for Bell Let’s Talk gets ready to roll 

  • Bell announces Official Route and National Partners for Clara’s Big Ride

  • Six-time Olympian Clara Hughes to ride her bike around Canada, visiting schools and community groups in every province and territory to talk about mental health

  • National Partners Aimia, BMO, Canadian Tire, Cisco, CTV, Lundbeck, President’s Choice and Samsung helping to take the mental health conversation further than ever before (PDF)



  • MDSC announces partnership with innoviCares for Patient Benefit Card

    The innoviCares card, offers coverage for many medications and healthcare products across various therapeutic areas, providing patients with greater access and choice. This free benefit program is available at their website (www.innovicares.ca/mdsc). Patients simply present their innoviCares card, along with their prescription, to their pharmacist to receive coverage on participating products PDF   




    MDSC has implemented a new Mental Health Awards Program.

    There are two awards: The Marg Starzynski Mental Health Leadership Award, and the Jordan James Pickell Mental Health Achievement Recognition Award.

    An awards ceremony was held April 2013 at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON. The recipients were Mariette Lee, and the COPE (Mental Health) Student Organization.  Awards Page | Facebook photos | McMaster COPE





    Read October 2013 E-News