Defeat Depression Campaign
Welcome to the Defeat Depression Campaign – a pan-Canadian mental health campaign involving walks, runs and cycle events in communities across Canada. We also encourage other unique events that encourages people to Move for Mental Health! The purpose of these events is to raise awareness about mental illness, reduce stigma, and to encourage Canadians to become more involved with their mental well being. Funds raised through the activities go to community mental health organizations that assist persons affected by mental illness and their families.
We need your help. Please join us as a host organization, a volunteer, sponsor or participant. Please help us spread the news about the campaign by telling your friends, families and co-workers. Check to see how you can get involved in one near you. If your community has not yet signed up, why not pull together an organizing team and create your own event. We encourage businesses to form teams and help us take a stand against depression and other mental illnesses.
Join the thousands of Canadians who will take part in May and show how Mental Illness is a treatable illness and not to be hidden anymore. Together we all can make a difference! To learn more about the campaign, check out the video on the About page.
- Reminder PDF (EN) | (FR)
- Announcement about the 2013 Campaign. PDF (EN| FR)
- Bell Let’s Talk “Big Ride” initiative website | News release (EN) (FR)
- Interview on “Caregivers Unite” radio show on the topic of ”Family Caregivers Help Us Defeat Depression”. Voice America Variety Channel, April 22, 2013. (Listen Now)
Anthem for Defeat Depression Campaign
Awesome News! We are so excited to announce that we have an “anthem” for the Defeat Depression Campaign.
“Keep Walking” by Emily Maguire is about recognizing the struggle of bipolar disorder, but moving forward. Check out the short video that Emily prepared for us which introduces the song and explains what the song means to her. We are so glad Emily is onboard with Defeat Depression Canada!
Listen to the song by clicking the play button below, or visit the Keep Walking page for the lyrics and a message from Emily.