Oct 26: MDSC President, John Starzynski, Presents Clay Williams with the Mood Disorders Society of Canada, Marg Starzynski Award for Mental Health Leadership.
Clay, through the record setting Canal Pursuit run this year, exemplified personal dedication and leadership. Gaining strength from the personal experiences within his family, Clay and the Canal Pursuit team have greatly increased awareness of mental health issues, and have rallied the running community and engaged so many people to make change and to talk about mental illness. Our most sincere congratulations and appreciation to Clay and his team.
Oct 21: GoodLife FITNESS Health & Wellness Leadership Summit
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Oct 13: Improving workplace mental health: MDSC to speak on the scope and impact of mental health in the workplace, including suggestions for reducing presenteeism. Practical tips for a supportive workplace environment at the 8th Annual Ottawa Pathways Symposium on Health, Education and the Bottom Line Conference in Ottawa. (More Info)
Oct 2: We are happy to announce that St Francis Xavier University Student`s Union has partnered with us on the implementation of the Elephant in the Room Anti-Stigma Campaign, raising awareness about mental illness in their community by posting EITR posters at their local school. (Read News Release)
Oct 1: We are happy to announce that Rocky Lake Junior High School has partnered with us on the implementation of the Elephant in the Room Anti-Stigma Campaign, raising awareness about mental illness in their community by posting EITR posters at their local school. (Read News Release)
Sept 28: We are happy to announce that Trent Central Student Association (TCSA) at Trent University has partnered with us on the implementation of the Elephant in the Room Anti-Stigma Campaign, raising awareness about mental illness in their community by posting EITR posters at their local university. (Read News Release)
What Better Feels Like: Answers from People Who Have Experienced Depression
Each interviewee emphasized the importance of maintaining their wellness, once better was achieved.
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.
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
More About the Project
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.
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.
Read May 2015 E-News