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Mental Health Education

combating stigma

This Web-Based Continuing Medical Education (CME) program entitled “Combating Stigma for Physicians and other Health Professionals”. This interactive online course intends to educate family physicians and specialists in the recognition of stigma related to mental illness.  The course is designed to provide participants with an opportunity to recognize attitudes and behaviours that could potentially lead to stigma as well as provide an example of a practical clinical approach to helping doctors, other healthcare professionals and patients. Course Information

Sept 19: Mental Health Fair in Hardisty aimed to open eyes and end stigma around depression and suicide (Link)

July 8: The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) has announced the five Canadians selected for the 12th annual Faces of Mental Illness campaign (PDF)

May 8: Canada-Wide Defeat Depression Campaign Encourages Members of Parliament to Get Involved (PDF)

Apr 16: Ipsos Canada partners with MDSC to feature Elephant in the Room Anti-Stigma Campaign and Work With Us on national Wellness Boards. (PDF)

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Welcome

Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC) is a national, not for profit, consumer driven, voluntary health charity committed to ensuring that the voices of consumers, family members and caregivers are heard on issues relating to mental health and mental illness; and in particular with regard to depression, bipolar illness and other associated mood disorders.

MDSC was formally launched and incorporated in 2001 with the overall objective to provide people with mood disorders with a strong, cohesive voice at the national level to improve access to treatment, inform research, shape program development and government policies to improve the quality of life for people affected by mood disorders.

NEWS


Mood Disorders Society of Canada is proud to present the new Mental Health in the Workplace Resource Booklet to support psychologically healthy workplaces. Read it here: PDF

 



We are happy to announce that Sudbury District Health Unit has partnered with us on the implementation of the Elephant in the Room Anti-Stigma Campaign, raising awareness about mental illness in their community. (PDF)

 




It's Time to ACT!ON Mental Health
CAMIMH asks Parliamentarians to Make Canada’s Mental Health a Priority (PDF)

 



We are happy to announce that Université de Moncton Student Federation (FÉÉCUM) will partner with us on the implementation of the Elephant in the Room Anti-Stigma Campaign (PDF)

 




NAV CANADA and employees support Defeat Depression

We extend a heartfelt thank you to NAV CANADA and their employees who participated in their annual fitness challenge Let’s Walk Canada and raised $3,500 to support the Defeat Depression campaign.  (PDF)

 



 

We are pleased to announce that the Mood Disorders Society of Canada now has Special Advisors for Peer Support Services.  These professional resources are pan-Canadian and local to you, to help with your peer selection, peer training and on-going support for your peer team.  (PDF)

 




 

We are happy to announce that United Steelworkers has partnered with us on the implementation of the Elephant in the Room Anti-Stigma Campaign, raising awareness about mental illness in their workplaces.   (PDF)

 




 

We are happy to announce that Discovery Ranch in Saskatchewan has partnered with us on the implementation of the Elephant in the Room Anti-Stigma Campaign, raising awareness about mental illness in their community by posting EITR posters at their local school, Doctor’s offices and ranch. (PDF)

 


 

We are happy to announce that the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville has partnered with us on the implementation of the Elephant in the Room Anti-Stigma Campaign, raising awareness about mental illness in their County office for staff and visitors.  (PDF)

 


 

We are happy to announce that Vineland Public School – District School Board of Niagara, has partnered with us on the implementation of the Elephant in the Room Anti-Stigma Campaign, raising awareness about mental illness in their school for staff and students.  They continue to support our Defeat Depression campaign as well! (PDF)

 




AGENCY RELATIONS DIVISION OF THE MINISTRY OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

We were pleased to see that a group of employees working in the Agency Relations Division of the Ministry of the Attorney General support our Elephant in the Room Anti-Stigma Campaign. (PDF)

 



 

CONGRATULATIONS CLARA!

The Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC) is proud to recognize the incredible accomplishment of Clara Hughes, as she completes her Big Ride to raise awareness and reduce stigma of mental illness in Canada. (PDF)

 


We are very pleased to announce that all four of the school boards in Sudbury plus the Northern Ontario Suicide Prevention Network announced simultaneously, their adoption of our Elephant in the Room Anti-Stigma Campaign.  These new partners are:
 
  - Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario
  - Conseil scolaire public du Grand Nord de l’Ontario
  - Rainbow Schools
  - Sudbury Catholic Schools
  - Northern Ontario Suicide Prevention Network (PDF)

William J. Gartland, Director of Education at the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario was this year's recipient of the Marj Starzynski Award. This is an honour commended to those who show dedicated leadership in community mental health awareness and make a personal contribution to raising awareness around mental illness. (PDF)

 
The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario has been chosen as this year’s recipient of the Jordan James Pickell Mental Health Achievement Recognition Award. (PDF)
 

 
In 2013, the employees of Gamma Dynacare voted to support the Mood Disorders Society of Canada as their non-profit of choice.  Today, MDSC recognized their significant contribution in an award ceremony at the head office location of Gamma Dynacare.

Dave Gallson, Associate National Executive Director of MDSC presents to Scott Hickey, VP Strategic Affairs of Gamma Dynacare.    
 




The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health Proudly Announces the 2014 Champions of Mental Health Awards Recipients (PDF)


       Ipsos Canada has partnered with us on our Elephant in the Room Anti-      
     Stigma Campaign and the Work With Us program. (PDF)      
 





 

InTouch Mobile Canada has partnered with us on our Elephant in the Room Anti-Stigma Campaign!  (PDF)





Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada has partnered with us on our Elephant in the Room Anti-Stigma Campaign!  (PDF)





We are happy to announce that The Toronto Police Service (TPS) will partner with us on the implementation of the Elephant in the Room Anti-Stigma Campaign, raising awareness about mental illness in the workplace.  TPS is the first policing organization in the province of Ontario, to partner with The Mood Disorders Society of Canada on this initiative. (PDF)





Elephant in the Room is a national anti- stigma campaign designed to eliminate stigma associated with mental Illness.

 When you display your blue elephant, you show that you    care about the wellness of others, that THIS is a safe  place to talk about mental illness without fear of being  looked upon differently, thought of less, or punished.

 When you see our little blue elephant, you know  that THIS is a safe place to speak about any mental  health issues you or your family may be having. You will  be treated with respect and dignity, you will not be  stigmatized in any way, and you will find support and  understanding from a friend who cares.
 Click to learn more. 


Check out COPE @ McMaster's DD October 2013 Event Video!





Donate A Car Canada accepts vehicle donations for “Mood Disorders Society of Canada”. To donate a car, truck, RV, boat, motorcycle or other vehicle to "Mood Disorders Society of Canada, go to https://donatecar.ca/org/donate.php?charitypage=324.

We provide free towing in many areas across Canada, or you can drop off your vehicle to maximize your donation. When you donate your car HERE
, it will either be recycled or sold at auction depending on its condition, age and location. Donate A Car Canada will look after everything to make your donation easy for you to support ” Mood Disorders Society of Canada”.

DONATE NOW
 and “Mood Disorders Society of Canada” will send you a tax receipt after your car donation is complete!





 

As a patient, Health Canada is interested in how you read and use health product risk communications. Your feedback will help them shape new policies to greater serve the needs of healthcare professionals and the Canadian public!

Complete the survey HERE  





 

Mood Disorders Society of Canada announces that we have partnered with the reimbursement solutions provider, Cameron Stewart LifeScience, to provide our followers/members with access to RxHelp programs. This provides, free of charge, name brand prescription drugs at the cost of generics. (Read the announcement





Clara's Big Ride for Bell Let's Talk

Calling all Canadians

Bell Let's Talk is looking for interviewees for a documentary as part of Clara Hughes Big Ride this spring! Want to join in the conversation and help Clara fight stigma around depression and mental illness? (Read more here) 

On
 March 14, 2014, Bell Let’s Talk is going even further. Now in its third year, we’re taking the conversation around the country, transforming it into an event spanning more than:

12,000 km

110 days
95 community stops





The Canadian Depression Research and Intervention Network (CDRIN); a partnership between Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC,) the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) and the University Of Ottawa Institute Of Mental Health Research (IMHR) recently brought together a wonderful group of people to Toronto for a CDRIN 3 day training on research to assist in supporting their active engagement in research projects across Canada. Our goal is to greatly increase the number of persons with lived experience of mental health issues to be actively involved in the complete research process from start to finish.



The Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC) has been a steadfast advocate for persons with lived experience to be directly involved in all decision making tables and in all phases of mental health research. As such, we contacted Dr. Barbara Everett, Ph D who developed and successfully delivered an exceptional 3 day program that offered the learner the right knowledge to actively participate on research projects and teams with a strong level of comfort. This training is considered first of its kind and is a unique opportunity for us to learn and work together to integrate the lived experience perspective into research work in Canada. We are all aware of the importance of having our knowledge involved in every aspect of research, (not just as  

subjects of research), we have now taken that step forward. The goal of the training is to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to participate effectively in research projects in their local communities. 

CDRIN took steps to make this training happen. CDRIN is a partnership between Mood Disorders Society of Canada (www.mooddisorderscanada.ca), the Mental Health Commission of Canada (www.mentalhealthcommission.ca), and The University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research, (www.imhr.ca).


Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario (CDSBEO) Partners with Elephant in the Room Anti-Stigma Campaign    

We are happy to announce that The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario (CDSBEO) will partner with us on the implementation of the Elephant in the Room Anti-Stigma Campaign, raising awareness about mental illness in the workplace, and in the classroom. The CDSBEO is the first school board in the province of Ontario, to partner with The Mood Disorders Society of Canada on this initiative. (Announcement PDF)


The Changing Face of MDSC

MDSC hired a Youth Engagement Coordinator to increase our outreach to high schools, colleges and universities.
Click to read Mariette's Bio 




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CAMIMH Joins Forces with the Governor General to Move Forward for Mental Health. Read the release HERE


Calling all Canadians: Clara’s Big Ride for Bell Let’s Talk gets ready to roll 

  • Bell announces Official Route and National Partners for Clara’s Big Ride

  • Six-time Olympian Clara Hughes to ride her bike around Canada, visiting schools and community groups in every province and territory to talk about mental health

  • National Partners Aimia, BMO, Canadian Tire, Cisco, CTV, Lundbeck, President’s Choice and Samsung helping to take the mental health conversation further than ever before (PDF)



  • MDSC announces partnership with innoviCares for Patient Benefit Card

    The innoviCares card, offers coverage for many medications and healthcare products across various therapeutic areas, providing patients with greater access and choice. This free benefit program is available at their website (www.innovicares.ca/mdsc). Patients simply present their innoviCares card, along with their prescription, to their pharmacist to receive coverage on participating products PDF   




    MDSC has implemented a new Mental Health Awards Program.

    There are two awards: The Marg Starzynski Mental Health Leadership Award, and the Jordan James Pickell Mental Health Achievement Recognition Award.

    An awards ceremony was held April 2013 at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON. The recipients were Mariette Lee, and the COPE (Mental Health) Student Organization.  Awards Page | Facebook photos | McMaster COPE





    Read April 2014 E-News