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
The Internet is a fantastic way to connect with people from all over the country and around the world with different experiences and diverse backgrounds. "Meeting" new people on the Internet is easy, fun and has led to many close and supportive friendships.
The strength of the discussion forums and chat groups is that you can share very intimate and personal information. You can talk freely about issues you would never share with family and friends. That can be very healing.
Sadly there are people who use the Internet to take advantage of those who are vulnerable.
People who are struggling with depression, manic depression and anxiety are in a vulnerable state. They may be feeling more lonely and isolated, self-esteem may be weakened and judgment may be compromised by illness. It is a time to be especially kind to yourself and careful of your safety.
Take care in your sharing
Remember when using discussion boards or chat lines that people are may not always be who they say they are! They may not be anything like how they describe themselves. They may not be providing their real name and may be logging on using someone else's account. They may be contacting you from prison without letting you know. Who knows? Make it a practice to find out.
The MDSC wants to offer you the benefits of Internet discussions and reduce the risks. Although we have activated the private messaging email feature, but strongly encourage open sharing amongst our community and not through one-on-one partnerships.
- Use an online name - not your real name.
- Avoid sharing personal identifying information like phone numbers, home address etc.
- Do not agree to get together with someone you meet online.
If you do decide to meet someone in person, take the following precautions:
- Check to see if this person is who they say they are. Ask for identifying information and verify if it is true (like their work and home phone number, address etc.) If they are legitimate, they will not mind sharing this information.
- Don't go alone! Take a friend and let someone know what you are planning.
- Meet that person in a public place. Take time to get to know the person before you agree to meet in private. Stay around others until you feel confident you are safe.
- If you have had bad experiences in relationships before or are too quick to trust - take extra care. You may be missing important clues that can help keep you safe.
If you are receiving unwanted e-mails, spam or feel the content of the discussion is inappropriate, harmful or hurtful let us know.
If users are not respecting the guidelines set out for this website they can be banned from further posting.
Enjoy your time on the discussion board and in the chat room!
Read May 2013 E-News