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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

Briefs & Position Papers

MDSC, in its national advocacy role, is invited to present formal briefs and positions before the Senate, House of Commons’ committees, and other federal bodies and initiatives. These documents represent consumer and family perspectives on matters that are of interest to them.

Canada selected to host "APEC Digital Hub for Best and Innovative Practices in Mental Health Partnerships" The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum has chosen Canada to become a global centre of excellence in mental healthcare, hosting a new international "Digital Hub" to coordinate and promote advanced research from some of the world's leading universities and health institutes involved in the diagnosis, treatment and public awareness of mental disorders.(Feb 16, 2016) 2016 Pre-Budget Submission

MDSC & MHCC Suicide Prevention and PTSD Treatment Plan:(Feb 16, 2016) 2016 Pre-Budget Submission

For information related to complementary PTSD supports from MDSC and MHCC please click here 

MDSC. Presentation: Collaborative Approaches to Mental Health Care. Mar 13, 2012 (PDF)

MDSC. Out of Sight, Not Out of Mind: Report to Government of Canada. Mar. 2, 2012. Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC) issued a comprehensive new Report to the Government of Canada on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).Report // News Release // Background // More details

MDSC. Pan-Canadian Survey on Mental Health Services. November 2011. In September, Mood Disorders Society of Canada surveyed Canadians on their views of mental health services and supports in Canada. The results were analysed and the report is now available. News release // Report // More details...

MDSC. Out of Sight, Not Out of Mind: Event Brief. Oct 26, 2011.Mood Disorders Society of Canada hosted a working dinner to discuss Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on Oct 26th at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. Event Brief // More details...

"Mood Disorders Society of Canada encourages Provincial Health Ministers to Prioritize Mental Health." November 14, 2011. MDSC sends letter to all provincial and territorial Health Ministers, urging them to bring mental illness to the forefront as they work towards the 2014 health care accord. News Release // Letter.

"How do you feel?" Building Economic Resilience by Beating Canada's Depression Epidemic. August 12, 2011. Submission by Phil Upshall, National Executive Director Mood Disorders Society of Canada and Dr. Zul Merali, President & CEO, University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research; Director of Research, the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance. (PDF)

Mood Disorders Society of Canada Submission to The Standing Committee on Finance Pre-Budget Consultation - August 12, 2011. (PDF)...

Mood Disorders Society of Canada Calls for Improved Access to Mental Health Medications. November 4 2010. Read more...

Mood Disorders Society of Canada comments on a new national survey on depression. Sept 28, 2010. Read more....

MDSC: House of Common’s Standing Committee on Finance Recommendations to the Minister of Finance for the 2008 Federal Budget.
February 2008  (PDF English)

MDSC: Pre-Budget Brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance. August 2007 (PDF English)

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

The Common Drug Review – Access to Medications. MDSC appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health during its hearings on the Common Drug Review. MDSC brief includes comments on the need for access to medications for Canadians with mental illnesses and comments regarding the lack of timeliness, transparency and patient/consumer engagement in the drug approval process...

Brief to the Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology. May 12, 2004 (PDF English)

Mood Disorders & Problem Gambling Research Plenary Session. October 26, 2004 (PDF English) 

More Money for Health Care Isn't a Panacea.
September 14, 2004 (English

A Blueprint For National Action On Mood Disorders In Canada. August 2004 Following two years of extensive consultation and focused planning, MDSC developed a comprehensive planning framework in July 2003 to address major issues affecting consumers and their families in Canada. In order to incorporate these objectives within a national planning framework from a consumer and family perspective, the MDSC requested and received funding through the Social Development Partnership Program of the Office for Disability Issues of Social Development Canada to develop the Blueprint for National Action on Mood Disorders.  The intent of the Blueprint is to formulate a national action plan that will achieve the eight overarching long-term objectives articulated in the report.  (PDF English // French) 

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