Toronto Support Groups to combat COVID Mental Health Struggles

A new site called "Toronto Blogs", has a new post with a list of 5 Toronto support groups to combat COVID Mental Health struggles.

How Laughter Affects Mental Health

By Casey Bloom, Jan 20, 2022.

Have you ever heard that laughter is the best medicine? It’s absolutely true. Laughter eases stressful situations and can improve our overall mental health. But, it’s not always easy to work up a genuine laugh.

A time of reflection to take action together - where smiles do not need ethics approval, and kindness flourishes in peer review

As we start a new year, it’s time to reflect on our knowledge gained through those important moments that illustrates our shared goals of supporting and helping those living with mental health challenges. Our collaborative model of involving those with lived or family experience in our research and evaluation accomplishments is very much aligned with our themes of support, recovery and community at Hope + Me | Mood Disorders Association of Ontario.

More Than Back To School Nerves

The new school year can bring mixed emotions for many students. Some excited, some joyful, and some nervous about the school year ahead. But when first day of school nerves settle and students are still experiencing anxiety, they may be dealing with a bigger issue. In our latest blog post, our Summer Student Peer Support Worker, Natalie, shares her experience with anxiety and how she has learned to cope with it and succeed in school.

How Nutrition Helped With My Anxiety

This week, we invited one of our volunteers, Sari, to share with you how she uses nutrition to cope with her stress and anxiety. Read on to see her 7 tips for eating healthy and feeling better.


There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all treatment plan for those with mental health issues. There are many different ways that individuals choose to manage their mood disorder. I want to share with you how maintaining a healthy diet has helped me to cope with stress and anxiety.


Here are 7 ways that helped me cope:

Peer Support Training at MDAO

Do you have lived experience with a mood disorder? Have you ever wished you could talk to someone who’s experienced the same feelings as you? Do you have a passion for helping others? You may be interested in taking our peer support training.


What is peer support?

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.

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



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