Welcome to the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario. We offer free support programs to people across Ontario, and their families, who are living with depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder.
Telephone Support Line:1-866-363-MOOD (6663).
Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The CAN-BIND Study & Mood Disorders Association of Ontario Distinguished Speaker Series presents: Searching for a Test for Depression: Blood Tests, Brain Scans and Self-Screening. A FREE health talk for patients, families, staff, and community members on July 24th, 2014 at Trent University. Read more.
Psychotherapy for Bipolar Disorder: What Works, and When? A Guide for Patients. Come watch the webinar on Wednesday July 30th from 1pm - 2pm. Read more.
Peer Support for Youth with Bipolar: A peer support group for youth with bipolar will begin August 6. The group will explore the use of music and art in self-expression and stress-management, as well as offer support from others that have “been there”. Registration is required. Read more.
Next Open Family Forum: Tuesday July 22nd, 2014 from 7- 9pm TOPIC: Stages of Change. Read more.
Upcoming Support Programs
A goodbye to a close friend of MDAO
Leonard "Len" McKinley Wood
Len Wood, 76, died June 7, 2014 at Georgian Bay General Hospital in Midland after a courageous battle with Cancer. Born in Midland in 1938 Len was the second of four sons to Mary and Lorne "Smokey" Wood.
Len is survived by his mother Mary and Brothers Larry (Eilean) Danny (Jane) and Gary (Barbara) and Niece Brenda and Nephew Kevin (Lisa).
Following Len's wishes cremation has taken place and a celebration of Len's life will be held Saturday June 21 beginning at 2:00PM and running to 4:00PM at the North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre, 527 Len Self, Midland, Ontario.
Len was a very caring and compassionate person. Having long suffered from the effects of bipolar disorder he recognized the best way to deal with it and to help himself was to recognize and treat the disorder as a gift and to employ his experiences and insights by helping and supporting others with mood disorders help themselves.
His work as a volunteer, especially with mental wellness provided him great joy, purpose and a sense of well being. Len strongly encouraged others to take personal responsibility and not to see themselves as a diagnosed illness but as human beings with hopes, dreams and desires who happen to be dealing with another event in their lives.
Len sat on more than 40 boards and committees all related to mental health and/or addictions. He served as Chair of the Community Advisory Board–MHCP for 11 of his 18 years on the Board. He recently served as Past-President of the Patient/Client and Family Council at Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care, of which he was a founding member and he was President of the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario.
Len received a number of recognition awards over the years some of which are:
His most precious award was the many personal cards and notes of thanks from many he had helped to begin their journey of helping themselves through improved self esteem and sense of personal worth.
If so desired and as an expression of sympathy donations to Mood Disorders Association of Ontario, 36 Eglinton Avenue West, Suite 602, Toronto ON M4R 1A1 would be appreciated.
"Nothing About Us, Without Us"
The Nothing About Us, Without Us, motto,
Please include us in the decision processes,
We need to foster changes in attitudes now,
Don't assume you know what is best for us,
Hesitate to label us because we are different,
Experiences of mental illness and or addiction,
Care providers and others must finally accept,
For your ongoing encouragement and support,
I believe discrimination, hatred, and prejudice,
Len M. Wood