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Mental Health & Substance Use
(aka Concurrent Disorder)

Very rarely do I work with people who are having challenges with their mental health, do I not see evidence of substance use challenges as well. Actually, it has been stated that 53 % of people using substances (other than alcohol) will also have a mental health disorder at some point in their lives (I suspect it’s a much higher percentage than this), with the most common combination being substance use and mood/anxiety disorders.

Got a Gift To Give?

If you’re reading this, chances are that mental health is already important to you. And given that one in five Canadians will experience some form of mental illness at some point in their lives – we think mental health is a cause that almost everyone can relate to.

Do Words Hurt: Stigma & Language Focus Group Research

At MDAO we have spoken many times about the use of language and the impact it may have on individuals. Recently, Lisa Hawke, Ph.D., Elizabeth Miazga, B. Sc, and Sagar Parikh, MD. FRCPC held 3 focus group discussions with 19 people at the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario, the Krasman Centre and the University Health Network to explore the relationship between stigma and language. The study confirmed that language plays a role in stigma, and that words can hurt.

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It's been two weeks since I began my position here at MDAO and I have to say without a doubt, it has been the easiest, most enjoyable workplace transition I have ever had. I knew when I finished school, I wanted to work in an environment where I felt I could make a difference, but more importantly I wanted to work somewhere that I could be myself, share my insights and give people an opportunity to "talk to someone who's been there."

Bell Lightbox Screening of Three Voices

Three Voices: Discovery, Recovery, HopeOntario Shores adolescent mental health documentary Three Voices: Discovery, Recovery, Hope made its Toronto debut this month at the TIFF Bell Lightbox Theatre. More than 200 students, health care professionals, agency directors and community members turned out to see the film on the big screen.

Presentations Highlight Research About Quality of Life Factors for Individuals with Bipolar Disorder


The Mood Disorders Association of Ontario recently made its first foray into webinars by hosting two presentations by Erin Michalak, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia about research being done by the Collaborative Research Team to study psychosocial issues in Bipolar Disorder. (CREST.BD) is a national research network dedicated to changing the landscape of bipolar disorder research and care.

Celebrating Creative Journeys - Mental Health Week May 6 -12

May 6 -12, 2013 is Mental Health Week, promoted by the Canadian Mental Health Association and amplified through thousands of community-based organizations across Canada. In Ottawa the theme for Mental Health week is “Celebrate the Creative Journey!”

National Volunteer Week


This week is National Volunteer Week (NVW) on April 21 – 27, 2013. Volunteer Canada is the national voice on volunteerism in Canada since 1977.  This year’s national theme is “Volunteers cast a beautiful shadow”. Volunteerism and civic participation of all ages is promoted through programs and special projects.  


Managing your Stress over the Holidays

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