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Have fun while being part of a movement that is making a difference to those affected by mental illness!


Every dollar you raise will support local mental health programs and services across Canada.


Defeat Depression events take place at over 90 locations across Canada – Find the one near you.

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Locate all the tools you need to reach your fundraising goals while fighting stigma & raising awareness about mental health!  


The Defeat Depression campaign is a national fundraising campaign designed to allow individuals and organizations to raise funds in support of their local mental health programs and services. The campaign has grown into a national movement bringing much needed funds, awareness of mental health issues and fighting mental health stigma one event at a time.

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Audrey O'Brien Sudbury Defeat Depression

March 8, 2018

"The Defeat Depression Campaign has become a successful annual event not only in supporting the financial health of our peer-run organization, NISA/Northern Initiative for Social Action, but also in getting our members actively involved in the campaign in soliciting donations, advocating throughout the community on the benifits of registering for the Walk/Run, as well as setting and meeting personal goals in walking/running for the event itself."

Tamara Parker

March 8, 2018

“The Defeat Depression Walk/Run is not just a walk and not just a run, but it is a movement. It is a movement towards changing the lives of individuals who feel isolated in their own community due to the stigma and discrimination they face when it comes to their mental well-being.  It is a movement to recognize the strength that comes from a community who chooses to stand together on issues that matter most.” 


Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC) is very proud that together, we have raised over $2,000,000 for mental health organizations, programs and services in communities from coast to coast since we started the National Defeat Depression campaign in 2012. In six short years, we have grown from 23 locations to over 90.


We wish to extend our heartfelt and most sincere thanks and appreciation to the tens of thousands of caring Canadians who take part in events and donate to the Defeat Depression campaign. MDSC is privileged to be working with so many wonderful local community organizations and partners to improve mental health services and supports. We are also so proud of the many special individuals who take on their own Move for Mental Health challenges and show their amazing commitment to helping those impacted by mental illness.


Together, with the enthusiasm and support of our national and community sponsors,  we are making huge strides forward in providing better support for mental health in Canada.


THANK YOU for caring, sharing and working together.