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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.

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.

You see, for me, hope, healing and recovery are not individual attainments or life states. Like the best meal or song or spectacular view, these are most profoundly felt when shared with others. I will forever thank MOOD DISORDERS ASSOCIATION for allowing me to share this finest of all gifts.
Karen Liberman
If I had not had depression and then healed, I would not be the person that I am today. Healing has given me the gift of not taking a single second for granted. It’s given me a new lease on life, and I am savouring every moment.
Ultimately, I’ve become a believer in recovery and hope. There’s hope for many people out there.
Laura Coughlin
I really believe in recovery. I’ve seen so many people who have recovered so tremendously
Michael Koo
If you don’t have hope, you can’t heal. Without hope you can’t recover. I guess hope is the biggest thing for me. When I think of hope, I think of patience and perseverance
Whitney Taylor
The support group was a place where I was accepted – I didn’t have to explain anything to anyone. There were people you could actually go out for coffee with and take walks with, and, even if you never said a word, there was this understanding. I developed coping skills, and I learned to laugh again.
Peter Brown

Holiday Alert

Please note, the MDAO offices will be closed on August 4 for the Civic Holiday. Please check with your local contact to find out if your regular groups will be running.



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:
Central Ontario Mental Health Award - 1999
MDAO Award of Excellence - 1999
Wendat Appreciation Award - 2001
Mental Health Implementation Task Force Appreciation - 2003
OPDI Appreciation Award - 2005
Paul Harris Fellow Award (Rotary) - 2011

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,
has been around for a very long time.
It is the rally call of many Disability Groups,
when their voice is ignored by design.

Please include us in the decision processes,
for those choices will affect our lives.
Know that disabled people contribute greatly,
when in society inclusiveness thrives.

We need to foster changes in attitudes now,
towards anyone we think is disabled.
The barriers to full participation must perish,
and our human rights must be tabled.

Don't assume you know what is best for us,
allow us to explain what we need.
Just actively listen to our expressed thoughts,
before you choose how to proceed.

Hesitate to label us because we are different,
acknowledge our value and worth.
Just validate and don't challenge our feelings,
like you, we are souls of this earth.

Experiences of mental illness and or addiction,
in a community will tend to persist.
But true recovery is possible for most people,
when hope, support and love exist.

Care providers and others must finally accept,
the journey of recovery is ours alone.
The responsibility for any decisions we make,
will be ours without question to own.

For your ongoing encouragement and support,
we offer a large measure of gratitude.
Though, at times we may falter along the way,
we will maintain a "can do" attitude.

I believe discrimination, hatred, and prejudice,
are the greatest disabilities we face.
If by words or deeds you label and stigmatize,
then know you are a social disgrace.

Len M. Wood

Len Wood


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Upcoming Events

July 31, 2014 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
August 2, 2014 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm
August 3, 2014 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
August 4, 2014 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
August 5, 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
August 6, 2014 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

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UNDERSTANDING TREATMENT & RECOVERY from Hair Pulling & Skin Picking Disorder

Join TLC for a one-day workshop on Trichotillomania (Hair Pulling Disorder), Skin Picking Disorder, and related Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs).

Saturday, April 5, 2014
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Holiday Inn Toronto
Downtown Centre
30 Carlton St.
Toronto, ON, Canada M5B 2E9

Cost: TLC Members: $95.00
Non-TLC Members: $105.00

Register Online: http://tlctoronto.eventbrite.com
Or by phone: 831-457-1004

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Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders: Changing Concepts, Changing Science

2nd Annual Frederick W. Thompson Anxiety Disorders Centre Conference

Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders: Changing Concepts, Changing Science

Monday March 10, 2014
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario
McLaughlin Auditorium Room EG18A, E Wing, Ground Floor

CAMH Stories: Family Ties - Bridge to Recovery

Quiet, shy, reserved - these are the words Helen heard used to describe her all her life. From a young girl in a noisy classroom to an awkward teenager trying to fit in throughout her high school years, Helen struggled with anxiety for as long as she could remember.

"I noticed my anxiety started in the second grade and it progressively got worse," says the 23-year-old. She was bullied a lot and by the time she hit high school, "it was really bad to the point I would rather be by myself than with other people. I just avoided events or places where I knew there would be crowds."