Oct 9: Surgeon General Releases New Mental Health Strategy for Canadian Armed Forces News Release
Aug 1: CAMIMH Announces the Faces of Mental Illness for 2013 campaign. News Release
July 30: The Canadian Medical Association released their What Makes us Sick Report today. News Release | Report
May 6: Champions Dinner and Awards Gala, Chateau Laurier, Ottawa. More details. | Photos of Event
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. The ride culminates on Canada Day, July 1 2014, in Ottawa. Website | News Release (EN) (FR)
Oct 10: Calling all Canadians: Clara’s Big Ride for Bell Let’s Talk gets ready to roll (PDF)
Oct 3: MDSC announces partnership with innoviCares for Patient Benefit Card (PDF)
Sept 18: New Mental Health Survey shows 17% of Canadians over 15 years of age perceived they required mental health care in the previous 12 months (PDF)
July 29: MDSC is proud to acknowledge COPE of McMaster University and Mariette Lee as the inaugural award recipients as part of MDSC's new Mental Health Awards Program (link)
About the Campaign
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.
Elephant in the Room Anti-Stigma Posters
MDSC strives to assist organizations in raising awareness and reducing stigma. One of the best methods of reducing stigma is by displaying posters that provide key activities that we can all do to promote healthier environments.
Download and print these posters for display. These are all free of charge and we encourage you to use them.
We can also develop larger posters for your business, school or for any other requirement you may have. We can add your logo to the file and email you the posters for printing. Please contact us directly for this service.
Stigma can seem invisible but its effects are not. People with mental illness say that stigma can be worse than the illness itself. Taking action against stigma begins with you and your own recovery. The small blue elephant is a powerful symbol. People place it on their desk at work or carry it in their car. They put it anywhere they want to signal a stigma free zone where you can talk about mental illness.
In order to get your own elephant in the room, go to CanadaHelps and dedicate your donation to fighting stigma. Be sure to fill in your name and address.
Thank you for helping to raise awareness, educate others, and reduce stigma.
Workplace | Classroom
Additional ResourcesBrochure (PDF)
Webpage of resources (link)
Learn more about the organizations that have launched Elephant in the Room Anti-Stigma Campaigns at their places of work or schools. More...
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