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Embrace the Journey: Participate, Share, and Support to Defeat Depression Together

Have you ever wondered how you can participate in the fight against depression? You've come to the right place! The Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC) has already made a significant impact by raising over $3 million for mental health programs, resources, and services across Canada. With the support of our national and regional partners, we continue to empower mental health conversations and strive to reduce the stigma around mental illness. We warmly invite you to be a part of our mission to defeat depression and change the way society views mental illness by supporting mental health programming. Donate or register today, and let's make a difference together! #defeatdepression


Embrace New Ways to Fundraise and Support Local Mental Health Services:


Since the pandemic, Personal Defeat Depression events are encouraged. This means that you can choose the physical activity of your choice to complete a personal challenge activity between now and the end of May. Whether you walk around your block, run on a treadmill, ride a bike, or take a stroll on a trail, participants can participate in the campaign and support their local mental health services while maintaining physical distance this year.



After you have completed your virtual challenge activity, share a video or photo on your fundraising page and social media with the hashtag #DefeatDepression and mention/tag us: Twitter @DefDepression, Facebook @DefeatDepression.ca, Instagram @defeatdepression.ca.


Spark Joy with Creative Fundraising Ideas:

  1. Host a Tag Day: Collect funds at your local establishments.

  2. Have a BBQ or yard sale: All proceeds support your team. Print out these posters to spread the news!

  3. Sports tournament: Consider softball, volleyball, golf, capture the flag, basketball, or ultimate frisbee. Get creative!

  4. Games night: Get people on their feet for a game of Charades, Trivia, or Pictionary! Put this on the list for your next family fun night!

  5. Donate your birthday: Ask friends and family to donate to Defeat Depression in honour of your birthday. Customize your personal page as your party invite!

  6. Stretch and snack: Get co-workers away from their desks for a 10-minute stretch and a delicious snack. Ask for a 'give what you can' donation to support the campaign.

  7. Challenge another team: A little competition goes a long way…challenge another department, business, or team to a fundraising competition!

Participate and Embrace the Journey:

  1. Register and Make Your Web Page Your Own: Sign up and let your creativity flow as you customize your personal fundraising webpage. Share your passion for Defeating Depression with your friends, family, and colleagues and let them know how they can support you by making a donation.

  2. Connect with Your Loved Ones: Strengthen your bond with your friends and family by inviting them to join your team. Import your contacts and send heartfelt personalized webpage invitations, asking for their support to help you reach your fundraising goal.

  3. Be a Gracious Fundraiser: Monitor and track your fundraising activity in your Participant Centre. Show your appreciation by sending donors personalized emails and thank you notes using the follow-ups tool.

  4. Set Your Goal and Reach for the Stars: Begin with an achievable goal of $200, and once you've reached it, aim higher. Celebrate your milestones on social media, inspiring more donations and support.

  5. Share Your Heartfelt Story: Why did you choose to Defeat Depression? Open up about your personal connection with mental health and inspire others to support your heartfelt cause.

  6. Share, Share, Share with Love: Promote your Defeat Depression campaign on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and TikTok. Encourage


By participating, sharing, and fundraising, you can play a vital role in nurturing the next generation of mental health change-makers and advocates. Let's come together and defeat depression with open hearts and united spirits! By embracing creative fundraising ideas and making the most of the tools and resources available, we can make an impact. Take care and stay healthy, and remember that every small effort contributes to our collective journey to defeat depression together.

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