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April 29, 2016 MEDIA ADVISORY CAMIMH  Canada’s Largest Mental Health Alliance to hold its annual Gala and Awards Ceremony in Ottawa.
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We are pleased to announce a special Yuk Yuks Comedy Night in partnership of a novel program for treatment of PTSD in Military and First Responders.

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April 14, 2016
Mood Disorders Society of Canada is once again proud to be a marketing partner for the Conference Board of Canada's Better Workplace Confernce

Feb 16, 2016: MDSC and MHCC present a joint National Suicide Prevention and PTSD Treatment Plan.  Details of Pre-Budget Submission

Feb 16, 2016:Mental Health Opportunity for Canada, Canada selected to host “APEC Digital Hub for Best and Innovative Practices in Mental Health Partnerships” Details of Pre-Budget Submission

Feb 9, 2016: The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) recently launched a new letter writing campaign on; www.Demandaplan.caDuring the last election, campaign supporters sent more than 40,000 letters to candidates across the country. Thank you partners for your support! The more we unite and voice concern, the likelier political leaders are to take action.

Feb 3, 2016: The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) is pleased to announce that the group’s 2015 advocacy campaign has been recognized among the best in the world by New York based PR News Magazine. Details

Feb 1, 2016: MDSC is very proud to announce that the Students’ Association of Keyano College @KeyanoSA, Facebook has partnered with MDSC on our internationally recognized Elephant in the Room Anti-Stigma Campaign: Details

Jan 22, 2016: Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund is now receiving applications.

Bell today announced the launch of the $1-million annual Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund for 2016. Applications are now being accepted for grants for community-based mental health initiatives improving access to care around the country. More Info


De-Stigmatizing Practices and Mental Illness: Nurses Working Together to Support Mental Health and Well-Being

De-Stigmatizing Practices and Mental Illness: Nurses Working Together to Support Mental Health and Well-Being


Stigma and discrimination remain the number one concern for consumers and families because they live with its effects everyday. The MDSC has been advocating to change the negative attitudes, beliefs and behaviours.

Mood Disorders, Stigmatization and Family Caregiving. Mood Disorders Society of Canada. December 31, 2012. An interview with MDSC that aired December 31 at 11am EST with host Dr. Gordon Atherley on the "Family Caregivers Unite" Show on VoiceAmerica Variety Channel. (Link to recording)

Mental health: Start talking to stop stigma. Luke Hendry/The Intelligencer/QMI Agency. Larry Laws, Executive Director, Mental Health Support Network of South Eastern Ontario displays herd of foam-rubber anti-stigma elephants at the network's office to help start the discussion about mental illness. [Link to Article // PDF for download]

The Hurting Profession: Lawyers in Crisis. Article in the Canadian Law Association Apr-May edition of the "National" magazine about lawyers becoming stressed sick and succumbing to depression, addictions and burnout. Article (PDF)

Combating Stigma Leads to Breakthroughs. MDSC. August 2012. MDSC article in Media Planet (Independent Report to National Post) regarding combating stigma, Canada's new Mental Health Strategy and the need for increased funding (See page 5).

New Mental Health Anti-Stigma Training for Health Care Professionals. MDSC. March 5, 2012. MDSC works with partners and sponsors on a major national initiative to help combat the stigma of mental illness within the medical profession. News Release | Link to CME Course

PTSD Report to Government "Out of Sight, Not Out of Mind," MDSC. March 3, 2012. MDSC issued a comprehensive new Report to the Government of Canada on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the how to reduce the social stigma that surrounds it. Report | News Release | Background | More details

Coming Out: Edmontonians Living with Depression. CBC Radio Edmonton. August 19-26, 2011. Several notable people in the community talk briefly and openly about their challenges and successes in living with depression. It is part of a series of shows on depression including "The Costs of Depression" and "The Stigma". These shows can be accessed and listened to through this link.

Interview Part 1: Stigma-The Unhealthiest Word in Mental Health. Patrick Connors,, November 2010. Interview with Dave Gallson of MDSC regarding Stigma and what the general public can do... (PDF English, or Weblink)

Interview Part 2: No Need to be the Elephant in the Room. Patrick Connors,, December 2010. Interview with Dave Gallson of MDSC regarding mental health in the workplace... (Weblink)

Workshop on Ending Stigma and Discrimination, and Achieving Parity in Mental Health: A Physician Perspective.The Canadian Medical Association, the Canadian Psychiatric Association, the College of Family Physicians of Canada, and the Canadian Paediatric Society (Dec 2010). The report documents an invitational workshop to build shared understanding among physicians about the sources of stigma in the health care system, and recommend action to end stigma and discrimination and achieve parity in mental health. Read more...

Stigma research and anti-stigma programs:  From the point of view of people who live with stigma and discrimination everyday. MDSC. March 2009. This paper examines the contributions and limits of stigma research. It reviews and comments on the findings from the Mood Disorders Society of Canada’s Stigma Research Workshop in October 2006 and presents further MDSC thoughts and activities.  It then documents national and international anti-stigma activities since that time and offers a series of recommendations for forward movement.  It asks the question:  What progress have we made?  Read more… (PDF English)

Stigma and discrimination – as expressed by mental health professionals. MDSC. November 2007. Anecdotal reports of consumer and family experiences of stigma and discrimination are numerous. At the Mood Disorders Society of Canada’s (MDSC) October, 2006 Stigma Research Workshop (supported by the Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (INMHA), the Public Health Agency of Canada, and Health Canada) the focus was on identifying top research priorities. Read more…  (PDF English)

Federal Budget Reduces Stigma of Mental Illness. March 19, 2007. (PDF English // French)

Stigma and Discrimination Research Workshop Proceedings Report, MDSC. October 2006. As part of the mandate to support those with mental illness and offer leadership in strategies to address mental illness, the Mood Disorders Society of Canada convened a national workshop to explore the issues around stigma and discrimination.  Read more…  (PDF English)  

Stigma – The Hidden Killer, MDSC. May 2006. People who live with mental illness and their families often state that the stigma associated with their diagnosis was more difficult to bear than the actual illness. Stigma is all encompassing. It affects the ability to find housing and employment, enter higher education, obtain insurance, and get fair treatment in the criminal justice or child welfare systems. Stigma is not limited to the attitudes and actions of others. Self-stigma relates to internalized negative stereotypes that lead people with mental illness and their families to adopt attitudes of self-loathing and self-blame leading the a sense of helplessness and hopelessness. Read more…  (PDF English)

Stigma Resources, MDSC (from Stigma Workshop October 2-4, 2006)

  • Books, Groups, Projects and Reports (PDF English)
  • Articles (PDF English)
  • Anti-Stigma Campaigs (PDF English)
  • Conferences and Journals (PDF English

Fighting Stigma and Discrimination is Fighting for Mental Health, Queen's University. August 2005. This paper reviews the origins of stigma and discrimination and the main consequences for people with mental illness, and those around them. Stigma reduction efforts in Canada are reviewed in light of their absence from the reports of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology. The paper closes with ten lessons for stigma reduction intended to both distil Canadian experiences and provide guidance for further policy debate. Reflecting on the international and Canadian experiences, of particular importance is recognizing that generic campaigns are largely ineffective, and that programs must be carefully focused upon selected groups. Read more...PDF English


MDSC Mental Health Awards

Outstanding contribution to mental health education and anti-stigma activities 

Elephant in the Room Campaign


Stigma can seem invisible, but its effects are not...


Anti-Stigma Events

Free Your Spirit
(June 4, 2011)


MDSC Sponsors Walk for Mental Health held Oct 24, 2010 in Montreal 





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