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combating stigma

This Web-Based Continuing Medical Education (CME) program entitled “Combating Stigma for Physicians and other Health Professionals”. This interactive online course intends to educate family physicians and specialists in the recognition of stigma related to mental illness.  The course is designed to provide participants with an opportunity to recognize attitudes and behaviours that could potentially lead to stigma as well as provide an example of a practical clinical approach to helping doctors, other healthcare professionals and patients. Course Information

Sept 19: Mental Health Fair in Hardisty aimed to open eyes and end stigma around depression and suicide (Link)

July 8: The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) has announced the five Canadians selected for the 12th annual Faces of Mental Illness campaign (PDF)

May 8: Canada-Wide Defeat Depression Campaign Encourages Members of Parliament to Get Involved (PDF)

Apr 16: Ipsos Canada partners with MDSC to feature Elephant in the Room Anti-Stigma Campaign and Work With Us on national Wellness Boards. (PDF)


Media Room

The Mood Disorders Society of Canada partners actively with the media to ensure accurate and comprehensive reporting of matters that are of interest to consumers, families and caregivers. Our organization believes that the media has a powerful role to play in ensuring that the consumer and family voice is heard.

The Mood Disorders Society of Canada has evolved to become one of Canada’s best-connected mental health NGOs with a demonstrated track record for forging and maintaining meaningful and sustained partnerships with the public, private and non-profit sectors throughout Canada.

The organization invites media inquiries and coverage of consumer perspectives. The point of contact is Phil Upshall, National Executive Director:

Mood Disorders Society of Canada
3-304 Stone Road West, Suite 736;
Guelph, ON   N1G 4W4
Tel:  519-824-5565 Fax. 519-824-9569

Phil Upshall’s Bio

Phil Upshall is the National Executive Director of Mood Disorders Society of Canada. He is also:

Education: Commerce degree from Dalhousie University and a law degree from the University of Toronto. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1969.

Dave Gallson's BioDave Gallson

Dave Gallson is the Associate National Executive Director of Mood Disorders Society of Canada. He also:

Dave is married to his wife Lucy and they enjoy their children and grandchildren.

New Releases 

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)

Gamma-Dynacare Medical Laboratories voted to support Mood Disorders Society of Canada as its 2013 Lead Charity, July 11, 2013 (PDF)

Mental Health Commission of Canada Releases New Guidelines for Family Caregivers,
  June 27, 2013 (PDF)

2012 Federal Budget Giant Leap Forward: Real Solutions for Canadian Patients
, March 29, 2012. News Release

New Mental Health Anti-Stigma Training for Health Care Professionals
, March 5, 2012.
News Release // Link to CME Course

Improving Care for Post Tramautic Stress Disorder, March 2, 2012. Report // News Release // Background // More details

Ride Above Depression: MDSC Sponsors Cycle Trip to Promote Awareness, May 12, 2011 (PDF)

MDSC Fundraising Position Statement (response to CBC Report on Canadian Charities Fundraising Methods), July 11, 2011 (PDF)

MDSC Launches Aeroplan Charitable Pooling Program, July 1, 2010
(News release PDF)

Newest Version of our Bipolar Disorder Brochure, January 2009
(PDF English / French)

Mental Health Concerns on the Minds of Canadians, May 1, 2008
(PDF English)

Federal Budget Reduces Stigma of Mental Illness, March 19, 2007
(PDF English / French)

They got it right! Mood Disorders Society of Canada Commends the Recommendations from the Senate Report on Mental Health, Mental Illness and Addiction, May 9, 2006

Background Information on Mood Disorders 

Quick Facts Thumbnail Quick Facts on Mental Illness and Addictions in Canada, 3rd Edition (November 2009) is an expanded version of the hugely popular second edition. It brings together, in a comprehensive, evidence-based document, important statistics relating not only to mental illnesses and addictions as they impact individuals and their families but also as they impact the healthcare system, the workplace, and the economy in general. It also provides an understanding of the relationship between mental illnesses, addictions, and physical illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.  Read more... (PDF English // French)

Quick Facts (November 2009). This plain text version of the 3rd edition of Quick Facts contains all citations for the facts in the published edition - as described above.  For researchers, students - or for those who wish to access the resources for themselves and learn more about mental illness and addictions. Read more...(PDF English)

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