Thinking About Attending A Peer Support Group? Guest Blogger Bev Shares Her Experience With Our Drop-In Groups

Want to know what our peer support groups can do for you? This week, guest blogger Bev from the website Slay Girl Society shares with us her experience with MDAO and how we helped her get through one of her darkest times. This is a great read if you're thinking about attending one of our drop-in peer support groups and want to know what to expect!

A Night of Art, Laughter, and Celebration!


We at Mood Disorders Association of Ontario would like to thank everyone who came out to 99 Sudbury to celebrate our 30th anniversary event with Art and Laughter. The evening was a great success with entertainment by the Master of Ceremony, Michael Landsberg, the comedic stylings of five Laughing Like Crazy comics, and 87 incredible pieces of art by artists from Ontario and Chicago.

WRAP for the Holidays

WRAP - Wellness Recovery Action Plan® is a non-medical program, used round the world, which we can use to play a bigger role in our own wellness.


WHO releases its first global report on suicide

The World Health Organization has released its first global report on suicide prevention, just in time for World Suicide Prevention Day. This extensive report presents global statistics on suicide, examines prevention efforts, and makes recommendations for prevention.

First, WHO took a look at the number of suicides around the world for the year 2012. The results are sobering: 804,000 people are reported to have lost their lives to suicide in 2012.

New Developments

There have been exciting developments within our programs and service delivery over the past six months that I would like to share with you.

The Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (TC LHIN) provides funding to the MDAO to support families who have a loved one between the ages of 15-35 who experience a first episode of psychosis and a mood disorder. Last year, we assisted over 479 family members and their loved ones who qualified for ongoing services

Touched By Fire Artist Profile: Janie Grice

Janie Grice is a graduate of Haliburton School of the Arts in Visual and Creative Arts. She was a professional singer for eighteen years, and came to visual art in her 50’s. She has shown at numerous local studio tours, outdoor art festivals, and local member shows. She was a founding member of Art Array, a collective that showed in Toronto and Collingwood galleries.

Touched By Fire Artist Profile: Kyle Reynolds

A few years ago people at the Canadian Mental Health Association suggested that I submit my art to the Touched By Fire online gallery, and that’s given me a chance to share my art with people who are most likely understand it.

That’s Just Crazy Talk: Webinar on Reducing Mental Illness Stigma


On April 30th join CREST.BD researchers Victoria Maxwell and Dr. Erin Michalak, as they discuss findings from the study evaluating That’s Just Crazy Talk as an intervention for reducing mental illness stigma. If you would like to join this free webinar on Wednesday April 30th from 2pm-3pm EST, please register with Eventbrite at  Please note the Eventbrite times are noted as Pacific Time since the webinar is being broadcast from the west coast. Participants will receive an email with details for accessing the webinar after registration.

Touched By Fire Artist Profile: Lynne Jenkins

Lynne Jenkins can’t say exactly when her mood swings began, and although there were signposts along the way, she says, “no one recognized the symptoms as such when they first occurred.” Lynne was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when she was about 28 and has been on a life-long quest to heal from bipolar disorder ever since. Through her search she has become a therapist and seminar leader and integrates art into her life. 

Of potential interest to Touched By Fire artists

Mad Pride – Call for Submissions: Mad Pride is an arts, culture, and heritage festival created by psychiatric survivors, consumers, mad people, and folks the world has labelled “mentally ill.” Mad Pride Toronto takes place the week of July 5 to 14, 2014. You can host or participate in a consumer/survivor-driven event, performance (poetry, spoken word, theatre, dance, music, comedy, book reading, or other), film screening, talk, presentation, workshop, or panel discussion – or enter their third annual juried Art Exhibition. Visit or get submission information via the Bulletin. Deadline is April 15, 2014.



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