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 Canada is working diligently to create a workplace of choice and is committed to care, compassion and respect and the Elephant In The Room campaign will provide supports.

Too often, people are afraid of talking about mental illness because of the stigma which is attached to it. By displaying the blue elephant, people will either ask what the elephant is about (which can lead to discussion about mental illness), or they know that it represents a safe place to talk about mental illness where they will not be stigmatized or thought less of. Opening up the conversation is the single best thing a person can do for someone who is experiencing a mental health illness or mental health problem. The little blue elephant is a perfect way of doing so.


The Elephant In The Room Campaign is an important component of our Workplace Mental Wellness Framework and is fully supported by senior management,” said Patricia Doiron, Manager of the National Unit for Workplace  Mental Wellness. It is a solid foundation for all of our activities to raise awareness and address stigma associated  with mental wellness at VAC.”
“Mental illness is among the most common and debilitating health issues, and one in five Canadians will  encounter a mental illness or mental health issue this year. The stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness are still profound and harmful barriers to treatment today. We are proud to partner with Veterans Affairs Canada for this very important implementation.”
Dave Gallson, Associate National Executive Director, Mood Disorders Society of Canada
The blue anti-stigma elephants will be distributed to VAC staff in the coming months as a reminder of the stigma related to mental health issues and that there are safe places to talk.