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Jan 21: A former 911 operator diagnosed with PTSD aims to help prevent other operators in Canada from going through the same experience. (Link)

Jan 5: Bell Let’s Talk Day 2015 is January 28: Join the national conversation about mental health! (PDF) 


News Views


Jan 23: Save Our Minds team at Sisler High School in Winnipeg partners on the Elephant in the Room Anti-Stigma Campaign to raise awareness and create an augmented reality app. (PDF & Video)


Aug 22:University of Moncton Student Federation partners on Elephant in the Room Anti-Stigma Campaign (PDF)

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)

Mar 25: Her Excellency Sharon Johnston to Speak at the Canadian Depression Research and Intervention Network Conference (News Release)


Dec 4: MDSC issues statement on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and suicide prevention in Canada (PDF)

Nov 6:The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario (CDSBEO) will participate in the Elephant in the Room Anti-Stigma Campaign! (Press Release)

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 inaugrual award recipients as part of MDSC's new Mental Health Awards Program (link)
July 29: MDSC is sad to see BUILT Network Moncton closing. BUILT Network has provided years of incredible services for persons with mental health issues from Moncton and many surrounding communities, which has lead to increased employment placement for hundreds of persons. As we all know, employment is a cornerstone component of inclusion. MDSC salutes Cynthia Black, the Executive Director from Day 1, and the Board of Directors who have provided unwavering support, along with all staff and the many wonderful volunteers. Their programs were developed by persons with mental health issues for persons with mental health issues and have been tremendously impactful. More

July 23: Mood Disorders Society of Canada is now a member of the Coalition for Access to Psychotherapy. (PDF)

July 11: Gamma-Dynacare Medical Laboratories voted to support Mood Disorders Society of Canada as its 2013 Lead Charity (PDF) May 24: MDSC E-News is now available!
May 24: MDSC E-News now available!

May 7: “Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act” Will Set Back Mental Health without Increasing Public Safety 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 
Mar 15: MDSC is in the current issue of the CHANNAL newsletter. PDF  | Website

Nov 18: Has your doctor taken this program yet? Download this promo card with details of the Physicians Anti-Stigma Continuing Medical Education (CME) program, and give it to your doctor. (PDF)


Dec 31. MDSC's interview with host Dr. Gordon Atherley aired on December 31 at 11am EST on the "Family Caregivers Unite" Show on Voice America Variety Channel. Visit this link for the episode called "Mood Disorders, Stigmatization and Family Caregiving".
Dec 4. MDSC ENews for December 2012 is now up! Link to Newsletter
Nov 28. Reminder to mark your calendar: the next Defeat Depression Day in Canada is Sunday, May 26, 2013. Plan to Walk, Run or Ride, and support your local mental health organization. Visit for more details.
Nov 28. MDSC E-news for December coming soon!
Nov 27. A new report and website about Mental Health in the Workplace is now available. The ROI of One Life series sets out practical, cost-effective measures to reduce the incidence and impact of physical and mental illnesses in the workplace, focusing on the use of existing tools and resources.Link to website | Link to Report
Nov 18. Has your doctor taken this program yet? Download this promo card with details of the Physicians Anti-Stigma Continuing Medical Education (CME) program, and give it to your doctor. (PDF)
Oct 27. Article on Employee Assistance Program and mental health in the workplace. Article
Oct 15. All workplaces in Niagara are invited to a lunch workshop "Tools for a Mentally Healthy Workplace" on Oct 24 put on by Niagara Region with guest speaker Dave Gallson of MDSC.
Oct 9. MDSC promotes its Elephant in the Room anti-stigma campaign and offers free posters for download (link to webpage)
Sept 7. MDSC E-news for September is now available.
Aug. MDSC article in Media Planet (Independent Report to National Post) "Combating Stigma Leads to Breakthroughs" (see page 5).
July. MDSC sets the date for the next Defeat Depression Day in Canada. Sunday, May 26, 2013. Mark your calendars, and plan to Walk, Run, Ride, and support your local mental health organization. Visit for more details.
May 28. MDSC thanks all who participated in the first annual Defeat Depression day on May 27th. Visit and view the photos and event details (click on Locations and select your community).
Apr 27. A statement by Phil Upshall, Mood Disorders Society of Canada following government pronouncements on the Canada-EU trade talks (CETA) (link to Canada News Wire)
Apr 2. Phil Upshall comments on Canada's Health Care System (link to video - see 1:53)
Mar 29. MDSC response to 2012 Federal Budget "Federal Budget Giant Leap Forward: Real Solutions for Canadian Patients" News Release
Mar 13. MDSC presentation "Collaborative Approaches to Mental Health Care" PDF
Mar 12. MDSC's March 2012 e-News is now available.
Mar 5. MDSC Sponsors New Mental Health Anti-Stigma Training for Health Care Professionals. News Release // Link to CME Course
Mar 2. MDSC issued a comprehensive new Report to the Government of Canada on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Report // News Release // Background // More details
Feb 29. A report coming out of the “Out of Sight, Not Out of Mind” PTSD event organized by the Mood Disorders Society of Canada in Ottawa on Oct 26th 2011, spurs the creation of a national network for PTSD research and increased intervention. Read more (Globe and Mail)......
Feb 6. "Canadians Need Better Access to Psychological Services.  This is a joint news release made by CPA, MDSC, and CMHA.   More


Nov 16. MDSC releases Key Findings Report on Pan-Canadian Survey that Raises Warning About Mental Health Services. More...
Nov 15. MDSC sends letter to all provincial and territorial Health Ministers, urging them to bring mental illness to the forefront as they work towards the 2014 health care accord. News Release // Letter
Nov 10. MDSC quoted in article in Esperanza Magazine regarding the reluctance of men to seek help with mental health issues.
Nov 7. MDSC Executive Director calls for better understanding of mental illness to avoid stigmatizing.
Nov 5.  The topic of suicide is covered by Global News "Focus  Manitoba". Interviewees: Corey Boult (who cycled from Vancouver to Winnipeg this past summer sponsored by MDSC) and Bill Ashdown (Vice Chair MDSC) share their experience with suicide and depression.
Oct 26. MDSC hosts roundtable on PTSD at the Canadian War Museum, Ottawa, entitled "Out of Sight, Not Out of Mind". Veteran Affairs News Release // More info & photos.
Sept 29. MDSC, as a member of the Neurological Health Charities of Canada was present at the recent announcment by the Federal Minister of Health for nearly $6 million in funding for 10 research projects (photo // more info).
Sept 8. CAMIMH Partners with Bell to launch the 2011 Face Mental Illness Campaign which features five inspirational Canadians who prove 'Recovery is Possible'. Link to News release.
Aug 23. MDSC supports recent Canadian Medical Association call for each province and territory to implement a Patient Charter within a national framework to provide accountability to patients. Factsheet (PDF)
Aug 23. CIHI: Nearly 1 in 4 mental health inpatients in Ontario experiences some form of restraint or seclusion. People admitted to a general hospital far more likely to experience a control intervention than those admitted to a psychiatric hospital. More...
Aug 19. News Update from MDSC for August now available.
Aug 15. MDSC files pre-budget brief to Government of Canada outlining recommendations for improving mental health services. More...
Aug 12. MDSC submission. "How do you feel?" Building Economic Resilience by Beating Canada's Depression Epidemic. (PDF)...
Aug 12. MDSC files pre-budget brief to Government of Canada outlining recommendations for improving mental health services. (PDF)...
July. We Did It!! - Message from Corey on "Ride Above Depression" cycle trip.  Article about MDSC-sponsored ride in Vernon Morning Star (link to site)
June 21. MDSC presents at Canadian Collaborative Mental Health Care Conference, Halifax, NS. Presentations: "Developing a National Anti-Stigma Training CME for Family Physicians and Specialists" and "Building Bridges 2 A Pathway to Cultural Safety, Relational Practice and Social Inclusion"
June 20. MDSC sponsors Workplace Mental Health 2011 and presents "Living & Working with a Mental Illness". Website // Program
June 13. Ride Above Depression Send your messages of Support to Cory during his ride from Vancouver to Winnipeg (link to Facebook) //  News release // Learn more // Donate Now!
May 30. Send your messages of Support!! Follow the latest news on Cory's Ride through BC - and now onto Alberta (link to Facebook)
May 19. MDSC E-News Update for May 2011 is now available.
May 12. MDSC News Release. "Ride Above Depression: MDSC Sponsors Cycle Trip to Promote Awareness". PDF // Learn more // Donate Now!
May 6. MDSC article: "Success is Seen in the Initiative to Reduce Stigma", Ntl Post-Mental Health Insert. PDF (See Article pg 7, Ad pg 4)
May 5. Support "Wheel to Health 2011", a cycle campaign to Ride Above Depression -  Learn more // Donate Now!
May 4. Reminder of the MDSC Free Your Spirit Piano Concert June 4, 2011 in Ottawa. Learn more
Apr 25. MDSC will be presenting at Workplace Mental Health 2011 Conference on June 20, 2011 at Plenary Session #6. More info...
Mar 31. MDSC E-Update on the organization's ongoing initiatives that contribute to improving the lives of Canadians who are touched by mental illness. PDF
Mar 14. MDSC asks public for help creating a survey on mental health issues facing Canadians for federal polititians. Please send us your questions.
Feb 16. MDSC announces "Free Your Spirit" Piano Concert to be held in Ottawa June 4, 2011 to help raise awareness and reduce the stigma of mental illness. More info...
Jan 31. MDSC INTERVIEW with Patrick Connors. Part 1  "Stigma-The Unhealthiest Word in Mental Health" Part 2 "No need for it to be the elephant in the room" Part 3 "Dave Gallson: Putting a Face to Mental Health Advocacy"
Jan 27. ARTICLE. The Toll of Depression on Relationships. Link to The Uniter, Winnipeg


Dec 28. DEPRESSION. The 'black dog' in Canadian politics. Link to Toronto Star article
Dec 24. MDSC Season's Greetings
Nov 16. MDSC ANNOUNCES new "Mental Health in the Workplace" Series. Read more... 
Nov. 4. MDSC CALL FOR Improved Access to Mental Health Medications. Read more...
Oct. BEST HEALTH ARTICLE "8 Signs You May Be Suffering From Depression" Link to website...
Sept 28. MDSC COMMENTS ON new national survey on depression. Read more....
Sept 24. MDSC Fundraising Position Statement (response to CBC Report on Canadian Charities Fundraising Methods. English)

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