December 16, 2019 – Belleville, OntarioMember of Parliament for Bay of Quinte, Neil Ellis announced the grand prize winner of the VIA Rail Canada contest to Defeat Depression.  The grand prize is a cross Canada travel package worth $13,000, and consists of a return trip for 2 people from Toronto to Vancouver in a sleeper + cabin, with double occupancy!  Congratulations to: Brittany Collinge who participated in the Uxbridge/Durham Defeat Depression Walk.

Defeat Depression is a national mental health fundraising campaign created by MDSC that supports local community mental health organizations. All across Canada, volunteers organize walks, runs and other physical and social activities to raise funds to be used locally. 

“Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC) wishes to thank VIA Rail Canada for their continued support of the pan-Canadian Defeat Depression campaign by donating a Grand Prize travel package.    Their continued sponsorship brought excitement to the 2019 Defeat Depression events encouraging more individuals, families, friends and organizations to take part in supporting the mental health programs and services in their local communities.”   Dave Gallson, National Executive Director, Mood Disorders Society of Canada

Quick Facts

  • The Defeat Depression campaign has raised $3+ Million dollars in support of local mental health organizations across Canada
  • These organizations are struggling to keep up with the increased demand for services as mental health impacts every home

About the Mood Disorders Society of Canada

MDSC was incorporated in 2001 with the overall objective of improving access to treatment, inform research, and shape program development and government policies with the goal of improving the quality of life for people affected by mood disorders. MDSC is an extremely active organization that strives on supporting persons with mental illness in all aspects of their lives. We provide extensive educational resources, workplace mental health programs, peer and trauma support and veterans’ programs that have a direct positive impact on the lives of Canadians, their families and caregivers.

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