The second edition of the Bal des lumières
March 23, 2016

With the theme “United for mental health,” the second Bal des lumières held on March 23, 2016 at the Bell Centre raised $1,430,000 for the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal Foundation, the Douglas Mental Health University Institute Foundation, and the Mental Illness Foundation. More than 850 guests attended Bal des lumières, including Gaétan Barrette, Minister of Health and Social Services, Jacques Daoust, Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification, and Montréal Mayor Denis Coderre. [To learn more]

Les Roses
September 26-27, 2015

More than $ 112,000 was raised by the Roses for the Douglas Mental Health University Institute Foundation. This team of women from all regions of Québec focuses on promoting a healthy lifestyle through activities in natural environments and on favoring support and mutual aid during training.

The Douglas Triathlon Challenge
August 9, 2015

The Douglas Foundation wishes to thank all those who contributed to making this first sporting event a success: Board of Directors, participants, donors, volunteers, employees, the Triathlon de Verdun and of course all our partners.

61,917 times thank you - without you, there would have been no Douglas Triathlon Challenge.

See you next year for the second edition of Défi Douglas in 2016.


Défi des Lumières race: a successful first edition
May 30, 2015

As part of the half-marathon of the Vignobles du Mont Yamaska, the first edition of the Défi des Lumières race was held on Saturday, May 30th, in support of the Mental Illness Foundation, the Foundation of Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute Foundation. On a magnificent sunny day, the 197 participants of the Défi des Lumières crossed the finish line of the 1, 5, 10, and 21k races which followed the roads around the orchards and vineyards of Mont Yamaska in Saint-Paul-d’Abbotsford. We are proud of our walkers and runners who undertook this dual challenge: run to break the taboos and raise funds for mental health! This first edition of the Défi des lumières raised over $23,000 in donations. [To learn more]

Open Minds 2015
March 31, 2015

On March 31, 2015, the Douglas Foundation held its Annual Open Minds Benefit at the Club St-James in Montreal. Thanks to the generosity of its participants, we were able to raise over $115,000 for research in mental health. [To view photos]

The Douglas on ice
January 27, 2015

As part of the Bell Let's Talk Day: Join the mental health conversation!, a group of patients from the Douglas Institute were invited to attend as VIPs a hockey game at the Bell Centre, on January 27th.

This wonderful event was recorded by CTV’s Cindy Sherwin.

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An event honouring Professor Brigitte Kieffer
September 29, 2014

An event honouring Professor Brigitte Kieffer, Scientific Director at the Douglas Institute Research Centre and laureate of the L'Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Award, was held on September 29, 2014.

The event, "Brain Science in Montreal, just got even better" presented by L'Oréal Canada in collaboration with the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, aimed to raise funds to allow Prof. Kieffer to pursue her ambitious research to understand the biological causes of mental illness in order to make advances that will allow us to improve the quality of life of people suffering from them.

The Foundation and Professor Kieffer would like to thank all sponsors for their support. Over $100,000 was raised thanks to their generosity.

An amazing benefit show
September 10,2014

Marie-Thérèse Fortin and her guests presented:

"Ceci n’est pas un spectacle, ceci est notre cause” (This is not a show, this is our cause)

On Sunday, September 7, 2014, the Douglas Foundation, in collaboration with actress Marie-Thérèse Fortin and her many guests, presented the first edition of this one-of-a-kind benefit performance. The show was performed flawlessly in the Grande Bibliothèque de Montréal (BAnQ) auditorium thanks to the venue team’s exceptional coordination skills. More than 200 guests attended the event to support better mental health.

Montréal walks for mental health
October 20, 2013

More than a thousand people took part in the fifth edition of Montreal Walks for Mental Health. Along with the Douglas Institute were 10 other organizations, including la Fondation des maladies mentales, AMI-Québec and Revivre. This year, Shea Emry from the Montreal Alouettes, and actress Véronique Bannon acted as spokespersons and gave testimonials preceding the walk.

Douglas at the Movies
October 10, 2013
$ 12,300

The Foundation welcomed some 130 guests to the Marché Central location of Cinémas Guzzo for a special screening of the movie Gravity. We raised $ 12,300 thanks to the generosity of our guests and the collaboration Cinémas Guzzo. [Read more]

Launch of the public phase of the Invest in Healthy Minds Capital Campaign

The Invest in Healthy Minds Capital Campaign for the Douglas Institute – the largest capital campaign for mental health ever deployed in Quebec – officially entered its public phase on Wednesday, October 9th during a special lunch ceremony. The campaign has to-date raised $ 13 million of its target $ 20 million. Guests had the opportunity to take part in a piece of Douglas history – leaving their mark on two large 12ft X 12ft canvases under the guidance of renowned artist-sculptor Mr. Armand Vaillancourt. [Read more]

ADHD Benefit
May 24, 2013
$ 18,000

Mrs. Andrée Mathieu organized the fifith edition of Because We Care, an annual benefit night for the Douglas' Attention Deficit Disorders Children’s Clinic.

Thanks to the support of loyal donors and volunteers, she managed to raise $ 18, 000 - surpassing last year’s total! Half of this amount was generously donated by Janssen Inc. Mrs. Mathieu’s employer. The proceeds will go towards a special summer camp for children being treated at the Douglas for ADHD.

In Honour of Lea
April 27, 2013
$ 9,810

On January 1, 2013, Léa Japel-Gray lost her battle to anorexia. To honour her life and help others suffering, her family and friends organized a benefit evening. Thanks to the support of guests and donors, $ 9 810 was raised for the Douglas Foundation. All proceeds will be directed to the Douglas’ Eating Disorders Program, the only such program for adults in Québec. Read more.

Bal des lumières
March 20, 2013
$ 1.1 million

With more than 800 guests, including Premier Pauline Marois, the evening helped raise more than $1.1 million for three Québec mental health organizations: the Douglas Institute Foundation, the Mental Illness Foundation, and the Hôpital Louis-H. Lafontaine Foundation, Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal. Co-hosted by Normand Brathwaite and Anne-Marie Withenshaw, it was an evening full of excitement and flavour, and guests were delighted by the gourmet dinner as well as the many unique and breathtaking performances, including by Marc Hervieux. Read more.

Parle-moi d'amour
February 7 to March 12, 2013
$ 12,260 

The Wellington Centre of the Douglas Institute was proud to host, for the second time, a month-long art exhibition and auction Parle-moi d’amour at the Wellington Centre. This event featured artwork from patients of the Douglas that take part in art workshops at the Wellington Centre as well as artwork from well-known Québec artists and local Verdun artists.

Proceeds went directly to the Wellington Centre for patient programs that facilitate fuller recovery from mental illness.

January 24, 2013

MentaliTea, the very first fundraising event organized by the Young Ambassadors of the Douglas Institute Foundation was held at Phillips Lounge in downtown Montreal. More than a hundred people attended this sold out event. The Young Ambassadors are a group of committed volunteers people aged 25 to 45, who put their time, energy, network – and neurons! – towards supporting our Foundation. Read more.

MONTREAL WALKS for mental health
October 14, 2012

Upwards of 1,000 people (about 100 of which were part of the Douglas Institute Team) walked together for the fourth edition of MONTRÉAL WALKS for mental health. The Douglas Institute Foundation is proud to be one of the ten members that organize this event, whose main mandate is to raise funds for mental health services and raise awareness about and destigmatize mental illness.

ADHD Benefit Night
May 26, 2012
$ 16,402 

Mrs. Andrée Mathieu organized her fourth annual benefit night for the Douglas' Attention Deficit Disorders Children’s Clinic. The event took place at the Calistoga Grill in Pointe-Claire once again this year. Thanks to the support of loyal donors and volunteers, she managed to raise $ 16 402, surpassing last year’s total! Half of this amount was generously donated by Janssen Inc. Mrs. Mathieu’s employer. The proceeds will go towards a special summer camp for children being treated at the Douglas for ADHD.

Vie de femme
April 19, 2012
$ 16,200

Vie de femme is an annual luncheon held in Verdun to celebrate the lives and achievements of women. Les caisses Desjardins de Verdun are the principal organizer and sponsor. This year, the Douglas Institute Foundation and the Verdun Hospital Foundation were the chosen beneficiaries. The two health charities collaborated to ensure the event’s success. The theme of the luncheon was women’s health. One of the keynote speakers was Douglas researcher Claire-Dominique Walker, who spoke about female hormones and how they affect the brain and behaviour.