We here at the Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC) like you, have been saddened to see the world-wide devastating impact that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is having.
We are in the beginnings of a health epidemic, which is touching each of us in many ways. It is forcing all of us to view many of our everyday activities differently and making us change the way we live.
As a national mental health organization, we understand this is a challenging time for many of us. We fully understand that along with COVID-19 physical symptoms, there is a significant mental health component that is affecting the majority of us. We want you to know that we are with you through this time and our thoughts and focus goes out to all Canadians, and indeed everyone throughout the world as we are all in this together.
Our top priority is ensuring the health and safety of all Canadians, staff, volunteers, and community partners. We would like to share our commitment to continuing to serve Canadians and the steps we are taking to support you during this changing and difficult time.
Firstly, we are stepping up our activities to help support you through these times. While our team is working remotely, you will continue to have full access to all of our resources, tools and supports through our websites and social media streams. You will find a full program listing in our profile book here. There are also links to these programs and resources at the bottom of this release.
We have made the decisive decision to postpone our national Canadian Educators Conference on Mental Health (CECMH) conference until next year. We are placing Canadians health at the forefront and bringing people together in large groups in the coming months is not conducive to fighting this virus. We will not place anyone at risk. These precautionary measures have been taken to limit the potential spread of the virus, to protect Canadians and our employees in this period. We have made the commitment to not have our staff attend large meetings or conferences for the foreseeable future.