About the Defeat Depression Campaign

Defeat Depression is a national mental health awareness, anti-stigma and fundraising campaign that provides hope and reduces stigma for people affected by depression and other mood disorders. Across Canada, mental health organizations, community groups, caring companies and concerned volunteers are planning walks, runs, rides and other physical or social activities encouraging people to Move for Mental Health.

Depression is a common illness affecting many individuals and families. It strikes all socioeconomic, educational, and cultural backgrounds. Physical activities, such as walking and running, along with social interactions can have a positive effect on mental health, and opening the dialogue to educate Canadians about mental illness can help break down the barrier of stigma.

Goals of Defeat Depression

The goals of the Defeat Depression campaign are to:
  • RAISE awareness, knowledge, and acceptance of mental illness
  • FUNDRAISE in support of local mental health services
  • REDUCE stigma and create an environment that encourages people to come forward for early intervention and treatment
  • BUILD a mental health network and increase collaboration across communities
  • PROVIDE resources and supports for individuals living with mental illness and their families
  • GROW the campaign to new communities across Canada

Where Your Donations Go

Donations received through the Defeat Depression campaign assist local community organizations who provide critical supports and services to individuals and families affected by depression, mood disorders and other mental illness. One in five Canadians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime, and the need for community services has never been greater. Community mental health organizations are struggling to keep up with demand. While mental illness reflects approximately 15% of the health care burden in Canada, only a small fraction of health care dollars are allocated to mental health. This directly impacts health services available in your community. We know that timely access to mental health care can make a difference between rapid recovery and return to daily living, or lifelong chronic illness.

This lack of funding is why your support makes a difference. The financial model of this campaign is structured to keep the majority of funds raised in local communities, with 75% of proceeds going directly to local services and 25% going to support the national campaign. A small portion is earmarked for administrative costs, with the majority going to developing and supplying resources and campaign materials.

Some of the organizations we have collaborated with include:
  • Campbell River Beacon Club 
  • Canadian Mental Health Association branches: 
    • Annapolis County, 
    • Colchester East-Hants,
    • Halifax-Dartmouth, 
    • Sudbury/Manitoulin
    • Muskoka Parry Sound
    • Waterloo Wellington
    • Prince Edward Island
    • Edmonton
    • Simcoe County
  • Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario
  • Consumers Health Awareness Network Newfoundland And Labrador
  • Oxford Self-Help Network


  • COPE: A Student Mental Health Initiative, McMaster University
  • Loyalist College
  • Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba
  • Mood Disorders Association of Nova Scotia
  • Mood Disorders Association of Ontario
  • Muskoka-Parry Sound Community Mental Health Service
  • NewPath
  • Our Harbour 
  • Schizophrenia Society of BC – Penticton Branch
  • YouthNet/AdoRéseau
  • Mental Health Awareness Club UBC
  • Mind and Wellness Services - Loyalist College
  • Airdie Food Bank


  • New Path Foundation
  • Our Harbour
  • Schizophrenia Society of BC - Penticton Branch
  • Vineland Public School
  • UBC Mental Health Awareness Club
  • Distress Centre On Campus U of Calgary
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Kids Help Phone
  • PTSD Association of Canada
  • Distress Centre Oakville
  • Northern Initiative for Social Action (NISA)
  • Friends & Advocates Peel
  • Thumbs Up Foundation
  • Telecare Greater Simcoe
More Details

For all the details about the Defeat Depression Campaign, and to access the support materials, please visit the Official Campaign Website

If you have questions about a specific community event, please contact the Event Coordinator for that community.  Contact Us.

If you have any questions about the Defeat Depression Campaign itself, please don't hesitate to contact Mood Disorders Society of Canada:

Our Website: mdsc.ca

Our Address: Mood Disorders Society of Canada, Suite 736, 304 Stone Road W, Unit 3, Guelph, ON N1G 4W4

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