Press Releases

Unequal Access to Mental Health and Addictions Services Threatens Ontarians

Tuesday May 31, 2011

Ten provincial organizations join forces to mobilize grassroots to Vote on Mental Health and Addictions

Toronto – Timely and appropriate care for a mental health or addiction problem depends largely on where you live, leaving tens of thousands of Ontarians struggling to get the care they deserve, says a report released today by the newly-formed Ontario Mental Health & Addictions Alliance.

Students Tackle Mental Illness Stigma

Thursday April 28, 2011

Toronto  - Students at 10 Catholic high schools in Toronto are marking Mental Health Week (May 2-6, 2011) with special activities to raise awareness about mental illness and encourage early intervention for teenagers who may be experiencing the first signs of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or psychosis. The first of the student-run weeks kicks off today at Pope John Paul II Catholic Secondary School and features young people speaking about their personal experiences with mental illness.

New Book Celebrates People Living with Mental Illness

Thursday March 10, 2011

Toronto, ON – To celebrate 25 years of offering support to people living with depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder, the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario has released a special coffee table book featuring personal stories of hope, healing and recovery. The book, called “Dancing in the Rain”, tells the struggles and triumphs of people living with a mood disorder in their own words.

Event Honours Mental Health Champions with Hero, Hope, Heart Awards

Saturday February 5, 2011

Toronto, Ontario: More than 350 people are gathering at The Carlu in downtown Toronto tonight to honour Olympic gold medalist Mark Tewksbury for his willingness to speak openly about his depression and to help stop the stigma surrounding mental illness. Mr. Tewksbury will be awarded the Hero Inspiration Award by the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario at a gala event. Joining Mr. Tewksbury on stage will be the Hope Inspiration Award recipient, Dr. Trevor Young, and the Heart Inspiration Award recipients, the Craig family.

Students, Teachers Learn about Mental Health at day-long Symposium

Friday November 26, 2010

Toronto – More than 200 high school students and teachers with the Toronto Catholic District School Board will gather today at a special Mental Health Symposium to learn more about depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and psychosis among teenagers, and to kick off the Stop The Stigma program.

“Today is a fantastic opportunity for teachers and students alike to spend time learning about and discussing mental health as it relates to young people,” said Dianne Banasco, Student Success Lead Teacher, Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB).