Mood Disorders of Manitoba Endowment Fund

The Winnipeg Foundation


Mood Disorders of Manitoba
Staff and board members of the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba.

Thanks in part to high profile Canadians, such as Olympian Clara Hughes and Lieutenant-General Rom̩o Dallaire, shining a light on mental illness, the debilitating stigma around depression and other mood disorders seems to be on the wane. But, Manitobans with mental health issues Рabout 20 per cent of our population Рstill face a tough path to wellness. The wait time to see a psychiatrist is one year and there are many gaps in the healthcare system.

Over the past decade, the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba (MDAM) has seen a five-fold increase in people accessing their peer and group support programs. The organization provides free, immediate self-help resources throughout the province. In a non-clinical setting, people with lived experience of mental illness offer hope and encouragement to others. Ninety per cent of those who take part say MDAM’s programs make a big difference in their lives.

It’s good news that more people are seeking and finding help, but government funding hasn’t kept pace with demand for MDAM’s volunteer-driven services.

So, this year, the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba started an Agency Fund at The Winnipeg Foundation. The endowment will provide steady revenue to help ensure the organization will be there for those who need it.