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
(NEW!) Report to Government of Canada
(NEW!) News Release (PDF)
(NEW!) Backgrounder (PDF)
Phil Upshall (National Executive Director, Mood Disorders Society of Canada) speaks with National Defence Committee Chair
PTSD Report to Government of Canada
March 2, 2012
The Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC) issued a comprehensive new Report to the Government of Canada on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which calls for a new national strategy to overhaul the way the disorder is handled in the Canadian healthcare system. Entitled Out of Sight, Not Out of Mind, the Report aims to improve access to expert diagnostic and treatment care for PTSD sufferers and their families, while eroding the social stigma that surrounds the disorder.
In part, the report recommends:
- Creating a national PTSD network that will work to advance PTSD research, prevention, diagnosis and treatment in an integrated and cohesive way across Canada;
- Developing an PTSD Anti-Stigma Campaign, jointly funded by Health Canada and the Department of Veterans Affairs;
- Enhancing the knowledge of physicians about the diagnosis and treatment of PTSD, including information on available patient resources and support networks;
- Developing a continuing medical educational module for Canada's family physicians dealing with the specific stigma of PTSD and enhancing the knowledge base of physicians about PTSD to facilitate better diagnosis and treatment;
- Educating PTSD sufferers and their families on available support networks and resources to improve their accessibility; and
- Forging a national PTSD research agenda to further understand triggers and optimal treatments of the disorder.
PTSD Event in Ottawa October 26, 2012
On October 26, 2011, Mood Disorders Society of Canada hosted a roundtable on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa entitled "Out of Sight, Not Out of Mind"
The event was attended by over 75 thought leaders to discuss the serious, and often misunderstood illness of PTSD and the how to reduce the social stigma that surrounds it:
- federal members of parliament and senators
- federal departments of health, environment, human resources, the Mental Health Commission
- organizations representing mental health, health care, brain injury, Canadian forces military and veteran affairs, health research, pharmaceutical research, aboriginal affairs, universities, and corrections
- other experts in PTSD, corporations interested in promoting mental health and those with lived experience
Themes for the roundtable discussions included:
- System Capacity
- De-Stigmatizing PTSD
- Family Supports
- Enhancing PTSD Research
Veterans Affairs News Release, Oct 26, 2011.
[Below] MP Chris Alexander speaks with Dave Gallson of Mood Disorders Society of Canada, and Michael Leo and Marcel Chenard from Lundbeck Canada.
[Below] The Hon. Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and MP Chris Alexander, alongside participants in "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Out of Sight, Not Out of Mind."
[Below] The Hon. Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Dr. Kellie Leitch, M.P., Chris Alexander, M.P., and event Emcee Tom Clark, alongside participants at "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Out of Sight, Not Out of Mind."
[Below] Dr. Zul Merali (President/CEO of the University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research) speaks with Mrs. Leslie Natynczyk (Honorary Patron, Military Families Fund and wife of the Chief of the Defence Staff).
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