May 10: Nominations are now open for the Faces of Mental Ilness Campaign. more details... (PDF)
Apr 25: Bell announces Clara’s Big Ride for Bell Let’s Talk, a national bicycle tour by Clara Hughes in support of mental health that begins in March 2014 and spans more than 100 days, 12,000 kilometres and every province and territory of Canada. The ride culminates on Canada Day, July 1 2014, in Ottawa. Website | News Release (EN) (FR)
Apr 8: CAMIMH announces the winners of the Champions of Mental Health Award.s for 2013 Join the celebrations at the 2013 Champion's Gala on May 6. Tickets from CAMIMH. Newsrelease. Email. Gala Details: May 6, 2013 Chateau Laurier, Ottawa. Reception: 5:30pm; Dinner & Awards 7pm More details. | Photos of Event
Mar 15: Emily Maguire seeking sponsorships to help her release her new album "Bird in a Cage". Emily provided the antham song for the Defeat Depression Campaign. More details about her new album
Feb 15: The first edition of CSA Z1003/BNQ 9700-803, Psychological health and safety in the workplace - Prevention, promotion, and guidance to staged implementation is now available. More details.
Jan 21: "52 Ways to Beat Depression Naturally" was released on "Blue Monday". Written by Toronto Psychotherapist Nicole McCance. Link to publisher | Link to Nicole's site
Jan 8: Mark your calendar for the Canadian Collaborative Mental Health Care Conference to be held in Montreal on June 27 and 28, 2013. More details at shared-care.ca
May 24: MDSC E-News now available!
May 7: “Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act” Will Set Back Mental Health without Increasing Public Safety more
May 6: 2013 Champion's Gala more
Apr 26: The Countdown is On! Just 1 month until Defeat Depression Weekend in Canada. Register for an event in your community | Plan your own activitiy wherever you are!
Apr 22: MDSC had an interview on the "Family Caregivers Unite" show with Dr. Gordon Atherley. The topic was "Family Caregivers Help us Defeat Depression". Listen now! Also December episode called "Mood Disorders, Stigmatization and Family Caregiving"
Mar 22. MDSC is partnering with Conference Board of Canada on the upcoming Workplace Wellness and Mental Health 2013 Conference. Tues Jn 18 - Wed Jn 19 2013. The Old Mill Inn, Toronto, ON. Conference Website
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.
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)
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...
Mood Disorders Society of Canada Brief (PDF English)
The Standing Committee on Health’s deliberations on the CDR (PDF English // French)
The Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health and the CDR Link
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 (PDF 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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