Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba


Upcoming Events

May 7 2016

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The 10th Annual Andrew Dunn Walk/Run will be held at the One Insurance Arena in Oak bank, Manitoba on May 7 2016. Registration takes place at 9:30 am and the walk/run will begin at 11:00 am. For more information contact Judy Dunn at 204-444-5228 or through email

Andrew Dunn Walk/Run sponsorship form is available Here


May 7 2016

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Join us for Thompson’s Fourth Annual Defeat Depression event, a Run / Walk for Mental Health on May 7, 2016 at 12:00 PM at the Northern Regional Health Authority Clinic – Plaza Mall. Registration for this event is at 12 pm in the Community Room (NRHA) and the Run/Walk begins at 1 pm. Help us spread awareness about mental health issues and de-stigmatize mental illness. For more information please visit www.defeatdepression.ca, the defeat depression facebook page or contact Ron Buchanan through email.


May 10 2016 Chicken Fest

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The Rotary Club of Winnipeg partnered with Chicken Delight presents the 65th annual Chicken Fest held on May 10th. Chicken Fest is a Dine-In or Take-Out Lunch delivery program designed to support local non profit organizations. The lunch is priced at $17, and the form can be downloaded here. This year, a portion of the funds raised will be donated to MDAM. For more information visit www.chickenfest.ca


May 14 2016

Run for Women 2016

The Shoppers Drug Mart’s annual Run for Women attempts to increase awareness of women’s mental health illnesses within Canada. This years run will be held on May 14 2016 in Winnipeg. The event will hold a 5K run/walk, 10K run/walk and Little Girls 1K run/walk. For more information please visit the Shoppers Run for Women web page or contact Charlotte, MDAM Director of development through phone 204.942.8715 or email.

If anyone is interested in joining the MDAM team, please visit the running room website and enter the password waw94vah.


She Wore Flowers in Her Hair

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“She Wore Flowers in Her Hair” is a campaign designed to increase awareness of teen suicide and to honor a young woman named Jaedra Winter. The date of this event is currently scheduled for June 4 2016 between the hours of 1pm-8pm, however please check back as this date may change. The day will be filled with many fun events, including yoga, a volley ball tournament, live music and food trucks. All ages are welcomed to attend. Please check out the She wore Flowers in Her Hair Facebook page for more information.


Rock It Out! Summer Camp

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Rock It Out! is a two week summer rock camp for kids living in Manitoba aged 12-17. The rock camp is designed to encourage an environment where kids, particularly those at risk or affected by mood disorders can experience a sense of community as well as develop peer relationships.

Session Dates
1st Session: July 4th – July 15th 2016
2nd Session: July 18th – July 29th 2016
3rd Session: August 2nd – August 12th 2016
4th Session: August 15th – August 26th 2016

For more information contact Griffin Jenkins through email or phone at 204-786-0987


MDAM News

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Life-Love-Healing, is a necklace inspired by the sculpture entitled LifesArt, created by artist Reid Bricker. Proceeds from the sale of each necklace will support men’s depression and youth programming at MDAM. To pre-order this necklace call Charlotte at 204-942-8715 or
email.


Shopper’s Drug Mart Donates $40,000 to the MDAM Organization

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Nik Elhers from the Winnipeg Jets presented the MDAM organization today with a cheque from Shoppers Drug Mart for $40,000. This generous donation will help fund many of the valuable programs MDAM offers to those experiencing mental illness.

Thank you Shoppers Drug Mart!


The Blue Challenge

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MDAM raises awareness of mental health issues and suicide through the Blue Challenge. The Blue Challenge is a campaign centered around attempting to end the stigma of mental health. Participants of the Blue Challenge are urged to incorporate the color blue into daily activities in order to generate a discussion surrounding mental illness and suicide.

For full article click here


Bonnie Bricker CTV interview on Mental Health

Bonnie Bricker, the mother of Reid Bricker discusses the issues with hospital procedures for discharging suicidal patients while raising awareness of mental health. Click to view CTV Interview


Hydro “Share the Warmth” Campaign raises over $1300 for MDAM Organization”

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Scott Powell from Manitoba Hydro donates a cheque for over $1300 to the MDAM organization. The money was raised through the month of December through Manitoba Hydro’s Share the warmth Campaign.

The MDAM organization would like to Thank Manitoba Hydro for their generous donation.


MDAM partners with City Councillor Scott Gillingham to install two SAD Lamps in Local libraries

Seasonal affective disorder Lamps (SAD) are currently being installed at two local libraries in Winnipeg, the Millennium Library and St. James-Assiniboia Library. These lamps may be accessed during business hours. SAD lamps are considered an effective form of sunlight therapy geared towards people suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorders. SAD lamps replicate sunlight, which provides a source of Vitamin D, without the harmful effects of UV rays.

Check out the twitter post here!


Emily Walker Nominated in the Heroes of Mental Health for the Wawanesa Inspiring Individual Award

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Emily Walker currently lives with chronic post concussion syndrome which causes her to experience constant headaches, dizziness and concomitant depression and anxiety. However she has challenged herself to lead a meaningful and productive life. Emily graduated high school with honours and scholarships. She went on to complete her B.A. at the University of Winnipeg. Followed by the completion of her law degree at the University of Manitoba. Emily has taken her personal lived experience and applied her professional knowledge to contribute to policy improvements in mental health. Emily is working with the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba to develop workplace polices on mental health.


Staff member Doreen Johnson retires after 22 years with MDAM

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Congratulations on your retirement Doreen and thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to the organization.



Barb Burkowski donates $2,200 to the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba

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Barb Burkowski through her fundraising efforts donates $2,200.00 to Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba. These funds will be used toward LGBT programming. Tara Brousseau Snider thanks Barb Burkowski for her hard work and effort.


Tara Brousseau, Heather Stefanson MLA for Tuxedo, Rochelle Squires and City Councillor Marty Morantz at the Shoppers Drug Mart Run For Women May 23 2015

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Tara Brousseau attends the Andrew Dunn Walk May 9 2015 – What an inspiring day!

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More photos from the 9th Annual Andrew Dunn Walk May 9 2015

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Shoppers Drug Mart “Run For It Not From It” in-store pre-run special event was a huge success!!

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The Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba would like to thank Shoppers Drug Mart and all of the ladies that attended lastnight!


Thompson Defeat Depression Walk raises $6000 for MDAM!!
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Ron Buchanan, Outreach Manager for MDAM discusses the past Thompson Defeat Depression Walk and raises awareness of Mood Disorders. Check it out below!

For more information about the Thompson Defeat Depression Walk please visit www.defeatdepression.ca


Winnipeg Comedy Festival donates $4000 to MDAM in support of mental illness!
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Many thanks to the Winnipeg Comedy festival for their generous donation!!!