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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

What BETTER Feels Like

The Documents

What Better Feels Like: Answers from People Who Have Experienced Depression

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Many interviewees agreed that
better is not a destination but a journey. This document offers a place to start.

What Better Feels Like: A Guide to Maintaining Wellness

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Each interviewee emphasized the importance of maintaining their wellness, once better was achieved.

The Interviewees

Ten people from across the country agreed to be interviewed about their depression and their journey to better. All had experienced at least one major depressive episode with many having recurring bouts.

While each voice is unique, their experiences had strong similarities. 
Special thanks to the interviewees:

John L
John S

Just as recognizing the signs and symptoms of depression is important to enable people to seek out treatment, it is equally key to recognize the signs of recovery or 'what better feels like.'

Mood Disorders Society of Canada embarked on a project to learn from others who have "been there," to understand what better feels like to them. Here, ten people who had experiened depression were interviewed to answer questions like: What is depression like? What are the signs of getting better? What helped and what didn't? And what does better feel like?

The results... two documents and several videos in the words of those who have lived experience


Nancy's Story 

Deanna's Story

Lucy's Story

More About the Project

The Questionnaire

Each interviewee received the questions in advance so they could reflect upon what their answers would be. Interviewees often remarked that they found the questions to be challenging. People said that they had to really think about their answers. All felt that they had been made to think - in a good way. And all were pleased to be able to contribute.

1.Can you recall the first sign (s) you noticed that made you think that your depression might be lifting? Can you describe those signs?

2. How did you know you weren't getting better and what did you do?

3. What do you think was the trigger (s) that allowed you to turn the corner?

4. What do you see as the "ingredients" that led to your getting better? What was helpful?

5. If not covered in the question above, can you tell me specifically how you worked with your professional caregivers? What was not helpful?

6. Define what better feels like - for you.

7. Tell me what you do to maintain your wellness?

The Documents

While the research focused on the answer to the question, what better feels like, the questionnaire covered a number of topics - as did the interviewees who did not feel at all constrained by the format and talked about their experiences in whatever ways they wished.

The "Answers" document is organized around the themes that emerged, some of which follow the questions asked and some of which do not. It stays true to the voices of the interviewees. This way, their personalities, their passions and their sage advice is in their own words.

The "Guide" is based on what interviewees learned. It is a woven narrative of a summary of the points they wanted readers to understand. Their actual words punctuate sections of the guide to provide emphasis and insight into their recommendations on how to maintain wellness.


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