Finding the Right Support System - Friends

One of our participants graciously shared her experiences talking to her friends about her mental health condition. We asked if we could share her thoughts on our blog, so more people could benefit from what she has learned. Happily, she agreed!

In Maddison's Words:

Mental Illness Awareness Week Campaign Features our Volunteer

It's Mental Illness Awareness Week, a time for all of us to talk about mental health and what each one of us can do to ensure people living with a mental illness and/or addiction get the support and care they deserve. 

New: Laughing Like Crazy Youth Program

I'm really excited to be gearing up for the next Laughing Like Crazy program.

This group is going to be a lot of fun because for the first time we're focusing on a specific age range - young adults. We've always had particiapnts from across the age spectrum, but this time we're focusing on the those bewteen 19 and 24.

Scholarships Support Students with Mental Illness

We're so pleased to announce the recipients of the 2011 Lilly-MDAO Moving Lives Forward Scholarships

The recipients, from Stittsville, Inverary, Toronto, Marmora, St. Williams and Ottawa, were celebrated last evening at the Mood Disorder Association’s Annual General Meeting in Toronto. The scholarhip provides $2,000 for tuition for each recipient. 

We've been partnering with Eli Lilly Canada to offer these scholarships since 2006, and 30 people have been able to return to school because of the support.

Help Make Mental Health and Addictions an Election Priority


Election day in Ontario is quickly approaching - October 6, 2011.


 


Time to let the leaders of Ontario's four political parties know that they must make mental health and addictions care a priority.


 

Laughing Like Crazy Comedy Troupe Available for Bookings

Looking for unique entertainment for your AGM, event or meeting? Check out the Laughing Like Crazy comedy troupe!

Telling Stories: My Recovery

Last fall, 20 people started an eight-week series of workshops where they were coached and trained in writing their personal stories of recovery from mental health issues. After the eight weeks, the 10 participants shared their stories publicly at a performance in Toronto.

Reprieve for the Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office

At the end of June, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care proposed that the Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office be moved from the Ministry  to the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario. Founded in 1983, the Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office provides advocacy, rights advice and education, in particular to patients confined in hospital.

An adventure worth my recovery

Psychiatrists, therapists and social workers have told me I use humour as a defence mechanism, the gentler ones called it a coping strategy. It's true; humour has helped me through difficult situations and helped me to deflect probing questions, sometimes very probing questions. However, at the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario I found out humour could be more than survival. It could be transformation.

Joining the Mood Disorders Association

As I clamber my way up the steep, sloping shoulders of the giants who’ve given so much to and through the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario, let me say what a wonderful view it is. It’s week one, and I am so excited to be here!

 


 

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