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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) 


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Apr 29: CAMIMH Seeks Nominations for the 12th Annual Faces of Mental Illness Campaign (PDF)

Mar 4: Clara's Big Ride for Bell Let's Talk gets ready to roll in support of Canadian mental health (PDF)

Jan 16: 
The Canadian Research and Intervention Network (CDRIN) is holding a conference in Ottawa March 26 & 27, 2014. The theme is: 'Transforming Depression through Connections.' Visit CDRIN for more info.

Jan 16: The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health acknowledges a successful year of Workplace Mental Health (PDF)


Dec 17: MDSC's new workpalce wellness program for depression and arthritis, Work With Us, featured on Voice Amercia, Family Caregivers Unite. Listen

Oct 11: Surgeon General Releases New Mental Health Strategy for Canadian Armed Forces News Release

Aug 1: CAMIMH Announces the Faces of Mental Illness for 2013 campaign. News Release

July 30: The Canadian Medical Association released the What Makes us Sick Report today based on what Canadians said during a series on town hall meetings and an online consultation earlier this year. News Release Report

May 10: Nominations are now open for the Faces of Mental Ilness Campaign. more details... (PDF)

May 6: Champions Dinner and Awards Gala, Chateau Laurier, Ottawa.  More details. | Photos of Event
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 Newsrelease.

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.

Feb 5: Be sure to join Bell's Let's Talk initiative on February 12. Bell will donate 5¢ to mental health initiatives for every: Text message sent and long distance call made by Bell customers, Tweet using #BellLetsTalk, and Facebook shares of the Bell Let’s Talk image. More details

Jan 30: Contact your MP and ask him/her to support Bill C-400 on February 27, 2013. Bill C400: Creating a National Housing Strategy. Backgrounder

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 17: The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) supports the new Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace Standard announced on January 16, and encourages employers to adopt its principles. News Release

Jan 16: The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ), and CSA Group launched the National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. News Release | Standard

Jan 16: The universities of Alberta, Calgary and Lethbridge will each receive $3M in grant funding over 3 years to expand campus mental health services and develop models of care that can be used on campuses across Alberta. News Release

Jan 15: The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) invites nominations for the Champions of Mental Health Awards for 2013, closing March 1, 2013. News Release | Website

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


Dec 6: OHA is offering a webcast called "Stop the Stigma: The Face of Depression" on December 10 from 12:00 - 1:30pm. Get all the details. Link to OHA Website
Oct19: Join a townhall discussion entitled "Mental Health 101: Youth and the Hidden Crisis in our Community" sponsored by CBC Hamilton on Wed., October 24, 2012 at McIntyre Performing Arts Centre, Mohawk College. 135 Fennell Avenue West, Hamilton ON. Doors open at 7PM. Webcast is live from 7:30-9PM. More information:  Poster | Website and Panel Members.
Oct: Five Canadians whose messages speak so clearly to their lived experiences with mental illness were selected for CAMIMH's 10th annual Faces of Mental Illness campaign. Learn more News Release | MIAW  &  CAMIMH.
Oct 1: Mark your calendar to attend the Summit on Sustainable Health and Health Care. Tuesday October 30 - Wednesday October 31 2012 Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel Toronto, Ontario (link to website)
Sept 26: A concert event "Rock for Mental Health" is being held in Halifax on October 4 as part of Mental Illness Awareness Week. Download all the details here (poster).
Sept: Two "Move for Mental Health" events are being held on Sunday, September 30, 2012 as part of Mental Illness Awareness Week. These events are affiliated with the MDSC Defeat Depression Campaign.  Hamilton, ON  |  Halifax, NS
Sept 21: Article in the Hamilton Spectator about COPE, a mental health initiative at McMaster University. Link to article
Sept 6: OHA and MDSC invite you to attend a free webcast series "Stop the Stigma" The first in the series is on Sept 12 12-2pm. For more information and to register, visit OHA.
May 29. The Hurting Profession: Lawyers in Crisis. Article by Canadian Law Association magazine National Apr-May Edition about lawyers becoming stressed sick and succumbing to depression, addictions and burnout.
May 12. Garry Laws, executive director of the Mental Health Support Network of South Eastern Ontario, displays herd of foam-rubber Stigma elephants at the network's office in Belleville, Ont. [Link to Article // PDF for download]
May 8. The Mental Health Commission of Canada releases "Changing Directions, Changing Lives: The first mental health strategy for Canada" (Link to Commission // Link to CTV News)
Apr 20. The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) announces the winners of the tenth annual national Champions of Mental Health Awards. News Release (PDF) Photos of the event (Facebook // Flickr).
Mar 15. The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) is launching its tenth annual Champions of Mental Health Awards and seeking nominations from members of the public until March 31st, 2012. To nominate a Champion, visit for details. News release (pdf)
Feb 9. Bell Let's Talk Day on February 8, 2012 was a success. More details // Results
Jan 23. A National Survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports 45.9 million (or 20%) American adults aged 18 or older experienced mental illness in the past year. More details
Jan 19. Bell Let's Talk Day announced for Wednesday February 8, 2012. More details
Jan 16. David Granirer, Founder of "Stand Up For Mental Health" will be doing a stand up comedic "Webinar" on Jan 19 from 11-12:30 Pacific Time, 2:00 pm-3:00pm Eastern Time. Flyer // RSVP by E-mail
Jan 13. CMA announces that 14 patient advocacy groups have endorsed the joint CMA-CNA principles to guide the transformation of the health care system. MDSC participlated in this release.
Jan 10. Government of Canada Seeks Feedback Regarding Employment of Persons with Disabilities: Paid Research Interviews. NOW CLOSED
Jan 6. Plan to attend the 4th Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (CDPAC) conference "Integrated Chronic Disease Prevention: It Works!" in Ottawa, February 7-10, 2012. More details // PDF
Jan 5. Plan to attend the 2nd National Mental Health Conference "Mental Health Disorders: Challenges With Youth, Aboriginal Communities & the Criminal Justice System" in Winnipeg, March 14-15, 2012. MDSC is a proud supporter of this event.
Jan 5. Plan to attend the 5th International Stigma Conference "Together Against Stigma: Changing how we see mental illness" in Ottawa, June 4-6, 2012. More details


Dec 21. "Out like a light: SAD and the winter blues". An infographic that uses stats from MDSC. More details
Dec 19. Holiday wishes from MDSC
Dec 13. New partnership btwn Facebook and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. "...offering an opportunity for a private chat with a trained crisis representative from the Suicide Prevention Lifeline in addition to providing the Lifeline’s phone number."  Article // Lifeline
Dec 2. MDSC makes live-broadcasted presentation on Mental Illness in the Workplace to Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDA). Slides: EN  //  FR
Nov 16. E-news for November is up. Check out this issue for many great announcements. Link.
Nov 16. MDSC unveils a pan-Canadian Defeat Depression Campaign and announces May 27, 2012 as Defeat Depression Day in Canada. More details...
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 4. "Mental health, the poor stepchild of medical care", CMA townhall told. Article
Nov 3. LINC Study needs your input! If you, or your child has a neurological condition, please participate in their survey (closes Dec 31).  website // poster 
Nov 2. The "Going Blue 4 U" awareness campaign is in full swing putting a colourful spin on "The Blues". Link // Info (PDF)
Oct 26. MDSC hosts roundtable on PTSD at the Canadian War Museum, Ottawa, entitled "Out of Sight, Not Out of Mind". Follow the live tweets // view poster.
Oct 18. MDSC partners with Family Services EAP Thames Valley in a workplace mental health breakfast series (more info / poster)
Oct 3. CBC talks to students about depression and suicide. Link
Sept 22. MDSC partners with COPE to bring Elephant in the Room Campaign to McMaster University. View video. More info...
Sept 13. TSN host Michael Landsberg writes about his depression and his friend, NHL player Wade Belak. Link
Aug 30. MDSC invites Canadians to participate in an online survey to have a say in the Mental Health Care System in Canada. Survey // More info
Aug 19-26. CBC Radio Edmonton is running a series throughout the week called "Coming Out: Edmontonians Living with Depression". LInk to CBC website.
Aug 19. MDSC E-News Update for August is now available.
Aug 12. MDSC files pre-budget brief to Government of Canada outlining recommendations for improving mental health services. More...
Aug 10. CMA announces "Canadians See 'Moral Imparative' to Fix Health Care System". Link to CMA website // report
June 20. York University's Project Hope seeks participants for study on developing personal strengths and emotional well-being. Article
June 11-12. FORUM: Keeping It Together: Mental Health across the Continuum of Care, Toronto  Link to Website
June. SURVEY: CrossCurrents magazine is seeking your response to a survey by June 17, 2011. (PDF)
June. START OVER AGAIN: A touching testimonial by singer/songwriter Emily Maquire of the UK, who talks about her ongoing struggle with bi-polar disorder. Link to her video and book.
Feb 10. MOOD DISORDERS ASSOCIATION OF MANITOBA is presenting Mental Health Disorders: Challenges in the Workplace, Aboriginal Communities & the Criminal Justice System Conference; March 22-25, 2011 Winnipeg MB.
Jan 24. CTV NEWS: One out of every four students who visits a university health centre for a routine medical problem has the signs of depression Link to article...


Dec 29. ANTISTIGMA REPORT "Ending Stigma and Discrimination, and Achieving Parity in Mental Health: A Physician Perspective" Read more...
Dec. SAVE THE DATE: 12th Annual Shared Care Conference in Halifax, June 23-25, 2011. Website
Dec 15. HEALTH COUNCIL OF CANADA report on how health disparities play a role in health system costs. Link to website...
Dec 13. CANADIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION unveils, where Canadians can go online to share their views on health care. News Release
Dec 1. MINDYOURMIND CREATES TREE OF LIFE, a multi-lingual web-interactive tool to help reflect on self-care needs and goal planning. Read more... Link to tool
Nov 30. THANK YOU FROM BLUEWAVE FOUNDATION for continued support. Read more...
Roger Gunnarson, of SADA, the Swedish Anxiety Disorders Association, wants to hear from anyone who is interested in telling their 'story', for publication in a proposed new section of the GAMIAN-Europe website. GAMIAN - the Global Alliance of Mental Illness Advocacy Networks, is a  patient-driven pan-European organization, that represents the interests of persons affected by mental illness and advocates for their rights. (
The Mood Disorders Society of Canada is an associate member of GAMIAN-Europe and Bill Ashdown serves as a member of GAMIAN's Control Commission.
If you have an interesting or compelling story about your experiences with a mood disorder, please feel free to contact him at
Nov 2. BC RELEASES REPORT "Health Minds, Healthy People". Summary / Full report
Oct. BEST HEALTH ARTICLE "8 Signs You May Be Suffering From Depression" Link to website...
Sept 21. BELL ANNOUNCES a multi-year charitable program to support mental health across Canada. Read more...

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