MDAO is NUTS about myth busting

    TORONTO, Oct. 3 /CNW/ - The Mood Disorders Association of Ontario (MDAO)
presents "That's Just Nuts!" an initiative to promote awareness of the work of
the MDAO and dispel myths about mental illness. Volunteers will be at the
Yonge/Eglinton Subway station in Toronto to hand out information and chocolate
covered nuts to commuters during the evening rush hour.
    Mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar disorder will affect one
in five individuals at some point in their life. And yet, there is much
misunderstanding and stigma associated with these illnesses. "Our goal is to
make people aware that there are common misconceptions about mood disorders
that are, just nuts!" says Karen Liberman, Executive Director of the MDAO.
"These myths prevent individuals from recognizing that the signs and symptoms
of mood disorders are real and that help is available."
    MDAO, in partnership with Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences
Centre, has developed a quick fact sheet for its campaign "That's Just Nuts!"
to dispel common myths about mood disorders.
    Today's campaign is part of an ongoing initiative that aims to enhance
the quality of life for all affected by mood disorders, by providing support,
information, education and advocacy.

    About MDAO

    MDAO provides peer support groups led by trained volunteer facilitators
who have been affected by a mood disorder. MDAO support groups are for
individuals affected by depression and bipolar disorder, their family,
friends, and partners. MDAO also offers youth only and women only groups. Our
Sisters' Place, a specialised program of the MDAO provides support groups to
women that focus on mood disorders associated with hormonal changes throughout
the lifespan.
    Information and support is also available across the province through
MDAO's toll free number 1-888-486-8236. Trained volunteers are available
during office hours (9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) to provide callers with local
support group details, guidance on how to find a doctor as well as offering
peer to peer support.
    The Mood Disorders Association of Ontario is proud to offer programs and
services that cover a wide range of issues and topics. The programs are
designed by and for people with mood disorders and their families and friends.
MDAO provides support, information and education as a complement to
traditional and alternative therapies. MDAO services are not intended as
replacement for other treatment options. For information, support or referral
to the group location and services nearest to you, call toll free:  
1-888-486-8326 or visit us on the web at

For further information:

For further information: For information, interview or photo
opportunities, please call Donnett Bailey, (416) 486-8046 ext. 223

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