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

Touched By Fire Artist Profile: Janie Grice

Janie Grice is a graduate of Haliburton School of the Arts in Visual and Creative Arts. She was a professional singer for eighteen years, and came to visual art in her 50’s. She has shown at numerous local studio tours, outdoor art festivals, and local member shows. She was a founding member of Art Array, a collective that showed in Toronto and Collingwood galleries.

Touched By Fire Artist Profile: Kyle Reynolds

A few years ago people at the Canadian Mental Health Association suggested that I submit my art to the Touched By Fire online gallery, and that’s given me a chance to share my art with people who are most likely understand it.

That’s Just Crazy Talk: Webinar on Reducing Mental Illness Stigma


On April 30th join CREST.BD researchers Victoria Maxwell and Dr. Erin Michalak, as they discuss findings from the study evaluating That’s Just Crazy Talk as an intervention for reducing mental illness stigma. If you would like to join this free webinar on Wednesday April 30th from 2pm-3pm EST, please register with Eventbrite at  Please note the Eventbrite times are noted as Pacific Time since the webinar is being broadcast from the west coast. Participants will receive an email with details for accessing the webinar after registration.

Touched By Fire Artist Profile: Lynne Jenkins

Lynne Jenkins can’t say exactly when her mood swings began, and although there were signposts along the way, she says, “no one recognized the symptoms as such when they first occurred.” Lynne was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when she was about 28 and has been on a life-long quest to heal from bipolar disorder ever since. Through her search she has become a therapist and seminar leader and integrates art into her life. 

Of potential interest to Touched By Fire artists

Mad Pride – Call for Submissions: Mad Pride is an arts, culture, and heritage festival created by psychiatric survivors, consumers, mad people, and folks the world has labelled “mentally ill.” Mad Pride Toronto takes place the week of July 5 to 14, 2014. You can host or participate in a consumer/survivor-driven event, performance (poetry, spoken word, theatre, dance, music, comedy, book reading, or other), film screening, talk, presentation, workshop, or panel discussion – or enter their third annual juried Art Exhibition. Visit or get submission information via the Bulletin. Deadline is April 15, 2014.

Celebrate World Bipolar Day!

World Bipolar Day World Bipolar Day (WBD) will be celebrating its inaugural year on March 30th, the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh, who was posthumously diagnosed as probably having bipolar disorder. The vision of WBD is to bring world awareness to bipolar disorders and eliminate social stigma. Through international collaboration, the goal of World Bipolar Day is to bring the world population information about bipolar disorders that will educate and improve sensitivity towards the illness.

Touched By Fire Artist Profile: Madhulika Saxena

Madhulika's work was selected for Touched By Fire at the Ritz, 2013. She shares her thoughts around mood disorders, her work and the impact of the program. 


Touched By Fire Artist Profile: Erika Farkas

Ottawa artist, Erika Farkas shares her thoughts around mood disorders, her work and the Touched By Fire program. 

Touched By Fire Artist Profile: Lorette C. Luzajic

Over the next few months MDAO will be profiling Touched By Fire artists whose work has been included in the annual juried exhibition – the Touched By Fire Art Show and Sale. We recently caught up with Lorette C. Luzajic who shares her thoughts around her work and the program.



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