MDSC, in its national advocacy role, is invited to present formal briefs and positions before the Senate, House of Commons’ committees, and other federal bodies and initiatives. These documents represent consumer and family perspectives on matters that are of interest to them.

Recent Activity

Federal government must think big, aim high and act boldly by investing in mental health innovation and the economy

TORONTO, Oct. 21, 2016—In today’s digitally interconnected world, we must look to new innovations to address some of the greatest challenges of our time such as mental illness. As a strong partner at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, Canada is well-positioned to lead in the global fight against mental illness. It’s why the government must move its bold innovation agenda from words to action, says APEC Digital Hub at UBC chief financial officer Phil Upshall. He called on the federal government to invest $5 million into mental health innovation in order to improve economic growth in Canada today. (More…)

Canada selected to host “APEC Digital Hub for Best and Innovative Practices in Mental Health Partnerships”

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum has chosen Canada to become a global centre of excellence in mental healthcare, hosting a new international “Digital Hub” to coordinate and promote advanced research from some of the world’s leading universities and health institutes involved in the diagnosis, treatment and public awareness of mental disorders.(Feb 16, 2016) 2016 Pre-Budget Submission

MDSC & MHCC Suicide Prevention and PTSD Treatment Plan:

(Feb 16, 2016)  2016 Pre-Budget Submission
For information related to complementary PTSD supports from MDSC and MHCC please click here

MDSC. Presentation: Collaborative Approaches to Mental Health Care.

Mar 13, 2012 (PDF)

MDSC. Out of Sight, Not Out of Mind: Report to Government of Canada.

Mar. 2, 2012. Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC) issued a comprehensive new Report to the Government of Canada on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).Report // News Release // Background // More details

MDSC. Pan-Canadian Survey on Mental Health Services.

November 2011.

In September, Mood Disorders Society of Canada surveyed Canadians on their views of mental health services and supports in Canada. The results were analysed and the report is now available. News release // Report // More details

MDSC. Out of Sight, Not Out of Mind: Event Brief.

Oct 26, 2011.

Mood Disorders Society of Canada hosted a working dinner to discuss Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on Oct 26th at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. Event Brief // More details

“Mood Disorders Society of Canada encourages Provincial Health Ministers to Prioritize Mental Health.”

November 14, 2011.

MDSC sends letter to all provincial and territorial Health Ministers, urging them to bring mental illness to the forefront as they work towards the 2014 health care accord. News Release // Letter.

“How do you feel?” Building Economic Resilience by Beating Canada’s Depression Epidemic.

August 12, 2011.

Submission by Phil Upshall, National Executive Director Mood Disorders Society of Canada and Dr. Zul Merali, President & CEO, University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research; Director of Research, the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance. (PDF)

Mood Disorders Society of Canada Submission to The Standing Committee on Finance Pre-Budget Consultation –

August 12, 2011. (PDF)

Mood Disorders Society of Canada Calls for Improved Access to Mental Health Medications.

November 4 2010. Read more (PDF)

Mood Disorders Society of Canada comments on a new national survey on depression.

Sept 28, 2010. Read more (PDF)

MDSC: House of Common’s Standing Committee on Finance Recommendations to the Minister of Finance for the 2008 Federal Budget.

February 2008  (PDF English)

MDSC: Pre-Budget Brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance.

August 2007 (PDF English)

Federal Budget Reduces Stigma of Mental Illness.

March 19, 2007 (PDF English // French)

The Common Drug Review – Access to Medications.

MDSC appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health during its hearings on the Common Drug Review. MDSC brief includes comments on the need for access to medications for Canadians with mental illnesses and comments regarding the lack of timeliness, transparency and patient/consumer engagement in the drug approval process.

  • Mood Disorders Society of Canada Brief (English)
  • The Standing Committee on Health deliberations on the CDR (English, French)
  • The Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technolocies in Health and the CDR

Brief to the Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology.

May 12, 2004 (PDF English)

Mood Disorders & Problem Gambling Research Plenary Session.

October 26, 2004 (PDF English)

More Money for Health Care Isn’t a Panacea.

September 14, 2004 (English)

A Blueprint For National Action On Mood Disorders In Canada.

August 2004 Following two years of extensive consultation and focused planning, MDSC developed a comprehensive planning framework in July 2003 to address major issues affecting consumers and their families in Canada. In order to incorporate these objectives within a national planning framework from a consumer and family perspective, the MDSC requested and received funding through the Social Development Partnership Program of the Office for Disability Issues of Social Development Canada to develop the Blueprint for National Action on Mood Disorders.  The intent of the Blueprint is to formulate a national action plan that will achieve the eight overarching long-term objectives articulated in the report.  (PDF English // French)