Not Farewell...but see you again

A farewell is necessary before we can meet again, and meeting again, after moments or a lifetime is certain for those who are friends.

New Mental Health and Addictions Strategy for Ontario

The Ontario government has just released its 10 year strategy for improving support and services for people living with a mental illness or addiction. 

Stop The Stigma Award Winner: In His Own Words

A few weeks ago, we shared with you a Globe and Mail story featuring one of the student leaders who volunteers with our Stop The Stigma program. The student, Lorenzo Colocado, received the Louise Russo WAVE Foundation.

We asked Lorenzo to share his experience with Stop The Stigma, and why the issue of mental health is important to him. Here’s what he had to say:

Stopping the Stigma: Sharing My Experience

I turned 25 last weekend. It was also a chance to celebrate 5 years of being in recovery. I remember eating my 20th birthday cake in the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) inpatient unit, days before I left the hospital for the last time. I never thought I’d be here today: alive and well, a soon-to-be university graduate, and a volunteer with the Mood Disorders Association’s Stop the Stigma, telling my story to thousands of Toronto high school students and the people who care about them.

Making Mental Health and Addictions an Election Priority

Election fever is hitting Ontario! The current MPPs took part in Question Period for the last time today before the election on October 6, 2011. 

And, we're ready. 

Mother speaks out about children's mental health

Laura Coughlin knows well the challenges of raising children who have mental health issues. She also knows the joy. Through her volunteer work with the Mood Disorders Association,  Parents for Children's Mental Health and other groups, Laura is sharing her experience with other parents. 

Laura was recently featured in the Kitchener-Waterloo Record.

Stop The Stigma Student Wins Prestigious Award

Congratulations to Lorenzo Colocado! 

Lorenzo is one of the students who sits on the organizing commitee for our Stop The Stigma partnership with the Toronto Catholic District School Board. And today, Lorenzo is receiving an award from the Louise Russo WAVE Foundation for his work on Stop The Stigma. 

Welcome to our new website!

If you're new to our website, welcome!

If you're a repeat visitor, you'll notice some major changes. But don't worry, all the key information you loved on our previous site is still here. We've just made it a little easier for you to find it. 

Let's take a quick tour of the new site:

High School Students Mark Mental Health Week with Stop The Stigma

It's Mental Health Week (May 1 to 7, 2011)!

We're marking the week with students at Catholic High Schools throughout Toronto. It's a special partnership we've formed with the Toronto Catholic District High School, called Stop The Stigma

It's all about getting young people to learn and talk about mental health - signs and symptoms, how to get help, how to help a friend - because we know that early intervention makes a world of difference when it comes to mental illnesses. 

I'm retiring!

I have some big news to share with you. After 10 wonderful years at the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario, I am planning to retire at the end of June 2011. Yup....I’m planning on spending the rest of my “golden years” playing golf, learning bridge, ballroom dancing with David, visiting my kids and grandkids on either coast, and escaping Toronto’s brutal winter for a couple of months in the sunny south.



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