Why share my darkness? The face of mental healthcare

Brett Batten is sharing his journey, in hopes that it decreases the stigma associated with mental illness.

I started thinking about all the labels I have had; insane, criminal, crazy, mentally ill, manic depressive, I could name a few more.

MDAO Research Advisory Committee (MRAC)

At the recent Annual General Meeting for the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario, a poll of our membership identified that a majority of our members believe in the importance of research and would like to see an increasing involvement of the organization in such projects.

Self Management Strategies for those with Bipolar Disorder – The Delphi Study

Self Management Strategies for those with Bipolar Disorder – The Delphi Study

The Mood Disorders Association of Ontario in partnership with The Collaborative RESearch Team to study Psychosocial Issues in Bipolar Disorder aka CREST.BD, are involved in an innovative and exciting project called The Delphi Study.  We are looking to explore and share wellness strategies for bipolar disorder.

Comfort Food - No one brings dinner when your daughter is an addict.

When my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer, we ate well. Mary Beth and I had both read the terrifying pathology report of a tumor the size of an olive. The surgical digging for lymph nodes was followed by months of radiation. We ate very well.

Friends drove Mary Beth to her radiation sessions and sometimes to her favorite ice cream shop on the half-hour drive back from the hospital. She always ordered chocolate malt. Extra thick.

MDAO Group Facilitator Speaks Out Against Being Denied Access to U.S

ong-time MDAO group facilitator Ellen Richardson made headlines on the front of the Toronto Star website last week after speaking out against being denied access to the United States.

Looking for members of a Patient and Family Advisory Committee (PFAC)

As we mentioned at our recent Annual General Meeting, a poll of membership revealed a great interest in having the MDAO get more formally involved in partnerships with researchers.

Let’s Talk About …

Mental Health & Substance Use
(aka Concurrent Disorder)

Very rarely do I work with people who are having challenges with their mental health, do I not see evidence of substance use challenges as well. Actually, it has been stated that 53 % of people using substances (other than alcohol) will also have a mental health disorder at some point in their lives (I suspect it’s a much higher percentage than this), with the most common combination being substance use and mood/anxiety disorders.

Got a Gift To Give?

If you’re reading this, chances are that mental health is already important to you. And given that one in five Canadians will experience some form of mental illness at some point in their lives – we think mental health is a cause that almost everyone can relate to.

 


 

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