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Why Defeat Depression

  • Depression costs the Canadian economy almost $50 billion a year

  • Mental Health affects 1 in 5 Canadians each year, it reflects approximately 15% of Canada’s health care burden

  • Depression has a huge impact on our youth and seniors; nearly every Canadian family is affected

  • At its most severe, depression can lead to suicide. There are approximately 4,000 suicides in Canada every year — 11 people each day

Depression Does Not Discriminate

Depression is a common illness that strikes all socioeconomic, educational, and cultural backgrounds. It can be triggered by traumatic events, a biochemical imbalance or by experiencing a negative life episode. A family history of the illness is also a factor for higher risk of depression.

Why Do We Keep Walking


Defeat Depression is an initiative of the Mood Disorders Society of Canada. Defeat Depression events take place across Canada. Participants include friends, families, co-workers, neighbours, caring organizations and pets.

​​Funds raised help support Mood Disorders Society of Canada with:

  1. Education, awareness and stigma reduction

  2. Resource development

  3. Research and Government Advocacy


Our work, research, resources and materials are available for use by all Canadians and organizations and are available at

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