For Immediate Release   

February 7, 2019 – Belleville, ON – Mood Disorders Society of Canada is proud to announce Northern Initiative for Social Action (NISA) as the 2018 recipient of the Jordan James Pickell Mental Health Achievement Recognition Award.

This award is presented to organizations who have made outstanding contributions to mental health education and anti-stigma activities and that have had a positive impact on the mental health community.  Specifically, by actively engaging the community in understanding and accepting mental illness and the importance of mental health.

NISA is an organization run by and for individuals with lived experience of mental health in Sudbury. They have been the host and partner organization of the Sudbury Defeat Depression since 2016. Since then, they have exemplified what an outstanding community partner should be. They have continuously improved their annual walk to include the entire community while improving its financial success. They have innovated new practices and approached that have benefited the Defeat Depression campaign across Canada. They have increased awareness and lead activities that engaged the entire community including schools and students. Through their partnership with media and universities, they have continued to spread the message of hope and recovery, thereby having a significant positive impact on mental health in Greater Sudbury.

About the Mood Disorders Society of Canada:

The Mood Disorders Society of Canada was launched in 2001 to provide people with mood disorders, their families and caregivers a strong, cohesive voice at the national level on issues relating to mental health and mental illness. With particular regard to depression, bipolar disorder and other associated mood disorders, the MDSC aims to improve access to treatment, inform research, shape program development and government policy to improve the quality of life for people affected by mood disorders.


For more information:

Dave Gallson

National Executive Director