WELCOME TO OUR UPDATE! (Version francais) NEW NATIONAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT MDSC Mood Disorders Society of Canada is pleased to announce that Mr. Dave Gallson has been appointed National Executive Director at the MDSC [...]
Guelph, ON July 7, 2017 — Dave Gallson, a nationally known advocate for Canadians’ mental health needs, has been named National Executive Director of the Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC), as the organization also [...]
I am very happy to announce that the Bracebridge Secondary School of Trillium Lakelands District School Board has partnered with us on our Elephant in the Room Anti-Stigma Campaign, raising awareness about mental health at [...]
June 16, 2017 Mood Disorders Society of Canada is proud to recognize 4 students from the Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology - Social Service Worker Program who raised funds in support of our [...]
The Mood Disorders Society of Canada is proud to announce Jonathan Toews as the 2017 recipient of the Marg Starzynski Mental Health Leadership Award. This award is presented to individuals whose dedicated leadership in community [...]
Waterloo Catholic District School Board awarded James Pickell Mental Health Achievement Recognition Award.
The Mood Disorders Society of Canada is proud to announce the Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB) as the 2017 recipient of the Jordan James Pickell Mental Health Achievement Recognition Award. This award is presented [...]
May 25, 2017 National Coalition Keeps Up Pressure to Fix Broken System; (Ottawa, Ontario): Canadians for Equitable Access to Depression Medications (CEADM) are urging Canadians from coast to coast to coast to add their voices [...]
May 3, 2017 Mood Disorders Society of Canada is proud to announce that the National Arts Centre has partnered with us implementing our international Elephant in the Room Anti-Stigma Campaign, raising awareness about mental health [...]
'An employment lottery should not be the basis for treating the most significant public health issue of the 21st century' OTTAWA, May 3, 2017 /CNW/ - During CMHA's Mental Health Week, Canadians are being asked [...]
Technology, clusters critical to health care and central to Budget 2017 – commitments open door to APEC Digital Hub efforts
Canada announces global mental health conference in June 2017; further details of Hub plans released in video OTTAWA, MARCH 27, 2017—On behalf of the APEC Digital Hub for Mental Health (led [...]
GUELPH, ONT., MARCH 27, 2017—Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC) is pleased to see funding to support military families, veterans and Canadians who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mental illness in the federal [...]
I am very happy to announce that the University of New Brunswick has partnered with us on our Elephant in the Room Anti-Stigma Campaign, raising awareness about mental health at the school. Too often, people [...]
January 2017 ©2017 Mood Disorders Society of Canada 2016 All Rights Reserved (PDF) The Mood Disorders Society of Canada has grown out of the vision and drive of a number of mental health consumer leaders from across [...]
Mood Disorders Society of Canada A Collaborative Approach to Addressing Suicide Presentation to House of Commons Veterans Affairs Committee Meeting For its study on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Among Veterans Delivered by Phil Upshall [...]
Government must support small and large innovative health projects in timely fashion for ideas to grow into outcomes for Canadians OTTAWA, FEB. 7, 2017—The APEC Digital Hub for Mental Health welcomes [...]
CAMIMH Encourages Everyone to Talk, Text and Join the Conversation on Bell Let’s Talk Day, January 25, 2017!
OTTAWA (January 19, 2017) The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) would like everyone to take a moment on January 25th to talk, text and join in on social media in support [...]
Jonathan Toews wants to make a difference, he wants people to start talking about mental health. His passion is inspired from his own struggles with his mental health as well as the struggles his family [...]
GUELPH, ONT., Dec. 21, 2016—Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC) is pleased to see the federal government supporting targeted funding for mental health and strongly encourages Health Minister Jane Philpott to maintain the federal position [...]
Group leading global super cluster in mental health innovation calls on Premiers and Prime Minister for targeted mental health funding; welcomes federal Finance committee recommendations
OTTAWA, DEC. 9, 2016—On behalf of the APEC Digital Hub on Mental Health, chief financial officer Phil Upshall congratulates the House of Commons Finance committee for its important recommendations for [...]
APEC Digital Hub welcomes Fall Economic Update, support for global partnerships and improving health outcomes
OTTAWA, NOV. 1, 2016—The Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC), on behalf of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Digital Hub for Best and Innovative Practices in Mental Health, welcomes today’s Fall Economic Update from [...]
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 [...]
September 26, 2016 Toronto, Ontario Employment and Social Development Canada Veterans struggling with mental health issues are receiving skills training and the support they need to obtain and retain employment, announced the Honourable Kent [...]
From September 11th to 23rd, Clay Williams will be running 750 km along the Trent Severn and Rideau Canals, running by 88 locks, ending on Parliament Hill, to raise funds, awareness of depression, end the [...]
Spreading Awareness, Reducing Stigma: Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health Introduces its Faces of Mental Illness for 2016
Today, the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) announced the four Canadians selected for its annual Faces of Mental Illness campaign. CAMIMH received dozens of nominations, the most ever, from across the [...]
From June until the end of August, Martin Bauman, a young professional is cycling over 7,500 km across Canada, from Vancouver to St. John's. While riding under the banner of Keep Pushing - Martin's Ride for [...]
MDSC is very pleased to see that on Friday, July 1st 2016, the UN Human Rights Council adopted a Resolution on Mental Health and Human Rights, led by Portugal and Brazil and co-sponsored by 61 [...]
Dave Gallson, MDSC Associate National Executive Director is very happy to announce that Stewart McKelvey has partnered with us on our Elephant in the Room Anti-Stigma Campaign, raising awareness about mental health in their workplace. Too [...]
MDSC is proud to announce that our Director Bill Mussell has received an Honorary Doctorate from University of Victoria. William J. Mussell, Honorary Doctor of Education (DEd) June 17 | 10 a.m. One of Canada’s [...]
I am very happy to announce that Lakefield College has partnered with us on our Elephant in the Room Anti-Stigma Campaign, raising awareness about mental health at the school. Too often, people are afraid of [...]
Phil Upshall MDSC National Executive Director is very happy to announce that Wilkens Health and Safety Solutions has partnered with us on our Elephant in the Room Anti-Stigma Campaign, raising awareness about mental health in [...]
Published by the Vanier Institute of the Family in English and French, the Compendium profiles existing and emerging initiatives from across Canada. As a perpetual publication, the Compendium will be continuously updated and accessible online [...]
The Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC) will appear before the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security to examine occupational stress injuries, namely post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Phil Upshall, MDSC National Executive Dire ctor, alongside Louise Bradley, [...]
Mood Disorders Society of Canada is proud to announce that Veterans Affairs Canada has partnered with us implementing our international Elephant In The Room Anti-Stigma Campaign, raising awareness about mental health in their workplace nationally. Veterans Affairs [...]
Feb 9, 2016: The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) recently launched a new letter writing campaign on; www.Demandaplan.ca. During the last election, campaign supporters sent more than 40,000 letters to candidates across the country. Thank you partners for your support! The more we unite and voice concern, the likelier political leaders are to take action.
Feb 3, 2016: The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) is pleased to announce that the group’s 2015 advocacy campaign has been recognized among the best in the world by New York based PR News Magazine. Details
Feb 1, 2016: MDSC is very proud to announce that the Students’ Association of Keyano College @KeyanoSA, Facebook has partnered with MDSC on our internationally recognized Elephant in the Room Anti-Stigma Campaign: Details
Jan 22, 2016: Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund is now receiving applications.
Bell today announced the launch of the $1-million annual Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund for 2016. Applications are now being accepted for grants for community-based mental health initiatives improving access to care around the country. More Info
Oct 26: MDSC President, John Starzynski, Presents Clay Williams with the Mood Disorders Society of Canada, Marg Starzynski Award for Mental Health Leadership.
Clay, through the record setting Canal Pursuit run this year, exemplified personal dedication and leadership. Gaining strength from the personal experiences within his family, Clay and the Canal Pursuit team have greatly increased awareness of mental health issues, and have rallied the running community and engaged so many people to make change and to talk about mental illness. Our most sincere congratulations and appreciation to Clay and his team.
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Oct 13: Improving workplace mental health: MDSC to speak on the scope and impact of mental health in the workplace, including suggestions for reducing presenteeism. Practical tips for a supportive workplace environment at the 8th Annual Ottawa Pathways Symposium on Health, Education and the Bottom Line Conference in Ottawa. (More Info)
Oct 2: We are happy to announce that St Francis Xavier University Student`s Union has partnered with us on the implementation of the Elephant in the Room Anti-Stigma Campaign, raising awareness about mental illness in their community by posting EITR posters at their local school. (Read News Release)
Oct 1: We are happy to announce that Rocky Lake Junior High School has partnered with us on the implementation of the Elephant in the Room Anti-Stigma Campaign, raising awareness about mental illness in their community by posting EITR posters at their local school. (Read News Release)
Sept 28: We are happy to announce that Trent Central Student Association (TCSA) at Trent University has partnered with us on the implementation of the Elephant in the Room Anti-Stigma Campaign, raising awareness about mental illness in their community by posting EITR posters at their local university. (Read News Release)
Sept 24: MDSC Associate National Executive Director addresses opening ceremonies at the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL) in Vancouver this morning. Mental health leaders from 8 countries have come together to accelerate change toward mental health, well-being and inclusion. (Read more)
Sept 22: George Cope, President and CEO of Bell announces that Bell Let's Talk will continue for another 5 years and they will add another $50 million to their efforts. This brings Bell's total commitment to mental health to $100 million. (Read more)
May 5: Blue Elephants Help Fight Stigma at Mount Allison University (Video)
Apr 21: The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health congratulates the government on Funding announcements for Mental Health Organizations, Research and Services. (PDF)
Apr 4: Mood Disorders Society of Canada and partners host the very first Canadian Educators Conference on Mental Health in Ottawa April 23 & 24th. (Agenda)
Mar 30: CAMIMH Announces the 2015 Champions of Mental Health Award Recipients. (PDF)
Jan 21: A former 911 operator diagnosed with PTSD aims to help prevent other operators in Canada from going through the same experience. (Link)
Jan 5: Bell Let's Talk Day 2015 is January 28: Join the national conversation about mental health! (PDF)
Apr 29: CAMIMH Seeks Nominations for the 12th Annual Faces of Mental Illness Campaign (PDF)
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 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)
Dec 17: MDSC's new workpalce wellness program for depression and arthritis, Work With Us, featured on Voice Amercia, Family Caregivers Unite. Listen
Oct 11: Surgeon General Releases New Mental Health Strategy for Canadian Armed Forces News Release
Aug 1: CAMIMH Announces the Faces of Mental Illness for 2013 campaign. News Release
July 30: The Canadian Medical Association released the What Makes us Sick Report today based on what Canadians said during a series on town hall meetings and an online consultation earlier this year. News Release Report
May 10: Nominations are now open for the Faces of Mental Ilness Campaign. more details... (PDF)
Apr 25: Bell announces Clara’s Big Ride for Bell Let’s Talk, a national bicycle tour by Clara Hughes in support of mental health that begins in March 2014 and spans more than 100 days, 12,000 kilometres and every province and territory of Canada. The ride culminates on Canada Day, July 1 2014, in Ottawa. Website | News Release (EN) (FR)
Apr 8: CAMIMH announces the winners of the Champions of Mental Health Award.s for 2013 Newsrelease.
Mar 15: Emily Maguire seeking sponsorships to help her release her new album "Bird in a Cage". Emily provided the antham song for the Defeat Depression Campaign. More details about her new album
Feb 15: The first edition of CSA Z1003/BNQ 9700-803, Psychological health and safety in the workplace - Prevention, promotion, and guidance to staged implementation is now available. More details.
Feb 5: Be sure to join Bell's Let's Talk initiative on February 12. Bell will donate 5¢ to mental health initiatives for every: Text message sent and long distance call made by Bell customers, Tweet using #BellLetsTalk, and Facebook shares of the Bell Let’s Talk image. More details
Jan 30: Contact your MP and ask him/her to support Bill C-400 on February 27, 2013. Bill C400: Creating a National Housing Strategy. Backgrounder
Jan 17: The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) supports the new Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace Standard announced on January 16, and encourages employers to adopt its principles. News Release
Jan 16: The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ), and CSA Group launched the National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. News Release | Standard
Jan 16: The universities of Alberta, Calgary and Lethbridge will each receive $3M in grant funding over 3 years to expand campus mental health services and develop models of care that can be used on campuses across Alberta. News Release
Jan 8: Mark your calendar for the Canadian Collaborative Mental Health Care Conference to be held in Montreal on June 27 and 28, 2013. More details at shared-care.ca
Dec 6: OHA is offering a webcast called "Stop the Stigma: The Face of Depression" on December 10 from 12:00 - 1:30pm. Get all the details. Link to OHA Website
Oct 19: Join a townhall discussion entitled "Mental Health 101: Youth and the Hidden Crisis in our Community" sponsored by CBC Hamilton on Wed., October 24, 2012 at McIntyre Performing Arts Centre, Mohawk College. 135 Fennell Avenue West, Hamilton ON. Doors open at 7PM. Webcast is live from 7:30-9PM. More information: Poster | Website and Panel Members.
Oct: Five Canadians whose messages speak so clearly to their lived experiences with mental illness were selected for CAMIMH's 10th annual Faces of Mental Illness campaign. Learn more News Release | MIAW & CAMIMH.
Oct 1: Mark your calendar to attend the Summit on Sustainable Health and Health Care. Tuesday October 30 - Wednesday October 31 2012 • Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel • Toronto, Ontario (link to website)
Sept 26: A concert event "Rock for Mental Health" is being held in Halifax on October 4 as part of Mental Illness Awareness Week. Download all the details here (poster). Sept: Two "Move for Mental Health" events are being held on Sunday, September 30, 2012 as part of Mental Illness Awareness Week. These events are affiliated with the MDSC Defeat Depression Campaign. Hamilton, ON | Halifax, NS
Sept 21: Article in the Hamilton Spectator about COPE, a mental health initiative at McMaster University. Link to article
Sept 6: OHA and MDSC invite you to attend a free webcast series "Stop the Stigma" The first in the series is on Sept 12 12-2pm. For more information and to register, visit OHA.
May 29: The Hurting Profession: Lawyers in Crisis. Article by Canadian Law Association magazine National Apr-May Edition about lawyers becoming stressed sick and succumbing to depression, addictions and burnout.
May 12: Garry Laws, executive director of the Mental Health Support Network of South Eastern Ontario, displays herd of foam-rubber Stigma elephants at the network's office in Belleville, Ont. [Link to Article // PDF for download]
Apr 20: The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) announces the winners of the tenth annual national Champions of Mental Health Awards. News Release (PDF) Photos of the event (Facebook // Flickr).
Mar 15: The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) is launching its tenth annual Champions of Mental Health Awards and seeking nominations from members of the public until March 31st, 2012. To nominate a Champion, visit www.miaw.ca for details. News release (pdf)
Feb 9: Bell Let's Talk Day on February 8, 2012 was a success. More details // Results Jan 23: A National Survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports 45.9 million (or 20%) American adults aged 18 or older experienced mental illness in the past year. More details Jan 19: Bell Let's Talk Day announced for Wednesday February 8, 2012. More details
Jan 13: CMA announces that 14 patient advocacy groups have endorsed the joint CMA-CNA principles to guide the transformation of the health care system. MDSC participlated in this release.
Jan 10: Government of Canada Seeks Feedback Regarding Employment of Persons with Disabilities: Paid Research Interviews. NOW CLOSED
Jan 5: Plan to attend the 2nd National Mental Health Conference "Mental Health Disorders: Challenges With Youth, Aboriginal Communities & the Criminal Justice System" in Winnipeg, March 14-15, 2012. MDSC is a proud supporter of this event. Jan 5: Plan to attend the 5th International Stigma Conference "Together Against Stigma: Changing how we see mental illness" in Ottawa, June 4-6, 2012. More details
Dec 19: Holiday wishes from MDSC Dec 13: New partnership btwn Facebook and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. "...offering an opportunity for a private chat with a trained crisis representative from the Suicide Prevention Lifeline in addition to providing the Lifeline’s phone number." Article // Lifeline
Nov 16: E-news for November is up. Check out this issue for many great announcements. Link.
Nov 16: MDSC unveils a pan-Canadian Defeat Depression Campaign and announces May 27, 2012 as Defeat Depression Day in Canada. More details...
Nov 15: 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
Nov 10: MDSC quoted in article in Esperanza Magazine regarding the reluctance of men to seek help with mental health issues. Nov 4: "Mental health, the poor stepchild of medical care", CMA townhall told. Article
Nov 2: The "Going Blue 4 U" awareness campaign is in full swing putting a colourful spin on "The Blues". Link // Info (PDF) Oct 26: MDSC hosts roundtable on PTSD at the Canadian War Museum, Ottawa, entitled "Out of Sight, Not Out of Mind". Follow the live tweets // view poster.
Sept 13: TSN host Michael Landsberg writes about his depression and his friend, NHL player Wade Belak. Link
Aug 30: MDSC invites Canadians to participate in an online survey to have a say in the Mental Health Care System in Canada. Survey // More info Aug 19-26: CBC Radio Edmonton is running a series throughout the week called "Coming Out: Edmontonians Living with Depression". LInk to CBC website.
Aug 19: MDSC E-News Update for August is now available.
Aug 12: MDSC files pre-budget brief to Government of Canada outlining recommendations for improving mental health services. More...
June 20: York University's Project Hope seeks participants for study on developing personal strengths and emotional well-being. Article June 11-12: FORUM: Keeping It Together: Mental Health across the Continuum of Care, Toronto Link to Website
June: SURVEY: CrossCurrents magazine is seeking your response to a survey by June 17, 2011. (PDF) June: START OVER AGAIN: A touching testimonial by singer/songwriter Emily Maquire of the UK, who talks about her ongoing struggle with bi-polar disorder. Link to her video and book.
Feb 10: MOOD DISORDERS ASSOCIATION OF MANITOBA is presenting Mental Health Disorders: Challenges in the Workplace, Aboriginal Communities & the Criminal Justice System Conference; March 22-25, 2011 Winnipeg MB.
Jan 24: CTV NEWS: One out of every four students who visits a university health centre for a routine medical problem has the signs of depression Link to article...
Dec 29: Anti-stigma Report released: "Ending Stigma and Discrimination, and Achieving Parity in Mental Health: A Physician Perspective." Read more...
Dec: Save the date: 12th Annual Shared Care Conference in Halifax, June 23-25, 2011. Website
Dec 15: Health Council of Canada report on how health disparities play a role in health system costs. Link to website...
Nov 30: Thank you from the Bluewave Foundation for continued support. Read more...
Oct: Best Health Article released: "8 Signs You May Be Suffering From Depression" Link to website...
Sept 21: Bell announces a multi-year charitable program to support mental health across Canada. Read more...