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 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"
Mar22. 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
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 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.
Thank you for helping raise awareness, educate others and reduce stigma.
Posters for Download
Poster Size (17"x23")
More about Fighting StigmaElephant in the Room Brochure (PDF).
Webpage of resources (link)
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.
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.
Blue Elephants come to McMaster UniversityMood Disorders Society of Canada is very pleased to partner with COPE -- a student mental health initiative at McMaster University. We will work together to raise awareness of mental illness, provide mental health resources and supports for students, while eliminating stigma.
VideosThe Elephant in the Room Campaign has come to McMaster University. Our wonderful friends at COPE, have brought the Blue Elephants to McMaster to eliminate stigma and support their co-students. COPE has created two videos to raise awareness of the Elephant in the Room Campaign at McMaster.
Please view these incredible videos below!
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