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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

Elephant in the Room Campaign



About the Campaign

Elephant in the Room is a national anti-stigma campaign designed to address the stigma associated with mental Illness.

When you display your blue elephant, you show that you care about the wellness of others and demonstrate that this is a safe place to talk about mental illness, without fear of being viewed differently.

When you see our little blue elephant, you know it's 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 and you will find the support and understanding from a friend who cares.

Follow us on Twitter: @MDSC_Elephant 

The Anti-Stigma Posters

The 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.

Taking Action

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.

Learn more about the organizations that have launched Elephant in the Room Anti-Stigma Campaigns at their organizations. More...

Schools and Boards:
  • Bishop's University
  • Brock University 
  • Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario (50 schools) 
  • Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario
  • Conseil scolaire public Grand Nord de l'Ontario (CSPGNO)
  • Dalhousie University 
  • Hillfield Strathallen College
  • Keyano College 
  • King's University 
  • McMaster University (COPE) 
  • Memorial University 
  • Mount Allison University
  • Queen's University 
  • Rainbow Schools
  • Red River College 
  • Rocky Lake Junior High School 
  • Sisler Highschool
  • Stephen Lewis Secondary School 
  • St Francis Xavier University Student`s Union
  • St Lawrence College
  • Trent Central Student Association at Trent University 
  • University of Alberta 
  • University of Lethbridge 
  • University of Moncton 
  • University of New Brunswick 
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  • Vineland Pubic School
  • Waterloo Catholic District School Board
  • Waterloo Catholic District School Board
  • Western University
  • Western Hillel

Organizations and Corporations:
  • ArcelorMittal Dofasco
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada
  • Central Saanich Police -Education Department
  • Discovery Ranch
  • Edge Imaging 
  • Gamma-Dynacare
  • Grand River Hospital
  • InTouch Mobile Canada
  • Ipsos Canada
  • KPMG
  • Lutherwood
  • McNeil Consumer Healthcare 
  • Mental Health Support Network South East Ontario
  • Ministry of the Attorney General
  • Northern Ontario Suicide Prevention Network
  • Ontario Hospital Association 
  • Office of the Independent Police Review Director 
  • Pan Am Games - Integrated Security Group 
  • Peterborough County – City Health Unit 
  • Praxis Care (1,500 sites in Ireland and the U.K)
  • Regional Municipality of Durham 
  • Saugeen First Nation
  • Save our Minds 
  • Sudbury District Health Unit 
  • Support Works Calgary  
  • Timiskaming Mental Health Unit 
  • Toronto Police Service (TPS) 
  • United County of Leeds and Grenville
  • United Steelworkers Sudbury
  • United Way Oakville
  • Veterans Affairs Canada
Thank you for helping to raise awareness and educate others to reduce stigma. 


Posters for Download

Letter (8.5"x11")
Workplace | Classroom

Ledger (11"x17")
Workplace | Classroom

Poster (17"x23")
Workplace | Classroom

Additional Resources

Brochure (PDF)
Webpage of resources (link) 

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