Mood Disorders Society of Canada Statement on COVID-19

Tips for Your #mentalhealth in the COVID-19 Crisis


(Link to Polish translation)

The Mood Disorders Society of Canada believes that consumers, families and caregivers are entitled to clear, accurate information about mood disorders and other mental illnesses. Informing yourself about your own or a loved one’s illness is an essential step in the journey to recovery. The following documents have been developed to provide you with straightforward facts and tips. Feel free to share them with others.

What BETTER Feels Like


Just like it is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of depression so people will seek treatment, it is also important to recognize the signs of recovery – what better feels like. Mood Disorders Society of Canada embarked on a project to learn from others – who have “been there”, what better feels like to them. Ten people were interviewed who had experienced depression. They answered questions like, What is depression like? What are the signs of getting better? What helped and what didn’t? And what does better feel like? The results… two documents and several videos in the words of those who have lived experience. “Answers from People who have Experienced Depression” (PDF) // “A Guide to Maintaining Wellness” (PDF) // Videos

What is Depression?

People casually use the phrase, “I’m so depressed” to let others know that they are feeling down. But a temporary case of the blues – something we all experience – has nothing to do with real depression.True depression is not the blues, sadness or even grief. It is an overwhelming and enveloping despair so bleak and dark that people who have experienced it say that it is the worst pain they have ever endured. Depression is a treatable mental illness. Eight percent of Canadians will experience a major depression in their lifetime. Young people are particularly affected with 20% experiencing an episode of depression before the age of 20. Read more… (PDF  English / French).

This brochure is based on comprehensive research so you can trust the information it provides.  This extended plain text version offers all references. Read more… (PDF English).

What is Depression? (Fact sheet)

We all feel ‘blue’ from time to time. Sadness is an important part of living. It helps us understand our inner world, communicate with others and gives richness and meaning to our lives. Where the ‘normal’ sadness that comes from the inevitable losses and frustrations of daily life, parts company with depression as an illness, is the severity, duration and the degree of disability that depression can cause.  Read more… (PDF English )

Depression in Elderly

Getting old in our society is depressing – right? For most people aging means a series of progressive losses including withdrawal from work, loss of purpose, reduced independence, loss of friends, increased poverty, the risk of developing an illness leading to long-term disability, isolation and loneliness. Why wouldn’t you be depressed – right? WRONG! According to Health Canada older Canadians are healthier, more affluent, are living longer and more independent lives than ever before. Seniors are physically more active, are engaged with their families and in their communities and are becoming international globetrotters. They are challenging many of the negative stereotypes we hold about aging and showing us that life is for living with vigour and vitality. Read more… (PDF English )

Bipolar Disorder

We all get excited by new ideas, pursue our goals with passion, have times when we want to party with our friends and enjoy life to its fullest. There will also be times when we are sad and withdraw into quiet contemplation or feel angry when things are not