Let's Bond In Style with Holts

Over 650 people showed up for the 1st edition of Let's Bond In Style with Holts, benefiting mental health. 

A brother remembered

Jean-Philippe Roy was fascinated by flight in any form. Sadly, in 2014 he took his life. To honour his memory, his older brothers Guillaume and Jean-François held a bungee jump to raise funds for mental health. They divided the proceeds between two organizations, L’Association québécoise de prévention du suicide and the Douglas, which received over $2,500.

Marche de l’espoir

Cynthia Marois is a very determined young woman. She’s in her teens, and has already organized not one but two walkathons to raise funds for Youth Services at the Douglas. So far she’s brought in close to $3,000. Last year, she donated the proceeds to research, with the aim of reducing the incidence of depression and suicide among adolescents and improving interventions by mental health professionals. This year, the money she’s raised will go to buy art supplies for patients in Youth Services.


More than just a rock band

The Housecoats are a local pop-rock band with a social conscience. The band members, who recently released their first recording, titled Beauty, Talent & Friendship, have donated a portion of their profits to scientific research at the Douglas, and asked their fans to support mental health as well. Here at the Foundation, we think they could have called their recording Beauty, Talent, Friendship & Generosity!

Wedding presents for the Douglas!

Ted Pearl, an outpatient of the Mood Disorders Clinic at the Douglas, and Benita Goldin were life-long friends. However, last August, they became more than friends when they tied the knot! As this isn’t a first marriage for either Mr. Pearl or Ms. Goldin, and they already have all the toasters and blenders they need, the happy couple asked wedding guests to make a donation to the Douglas instead of sending presents. As a result, they raised well over $4,000 for the Mood Disorders Clinic. As Ms. Goldin puts it, “Mental health touches all of us, whether directly or through family, friends or co-workers. By helping to fund research we hope that new treatments will be developed and that relief will be provided to those who haven’t yet achieved remission.” We wish them many years of health and happiness!

Creative – and generous – thinking

There are so many ways to be generous. Take Sylvain Lacroix, for example. Instead of celebrating his birthday the usual way – by going to a restaurant and spending money on food and drink – he asked family and friends to make a donation in his name to the Douglas Foundation. Close to $600 was raised and was used to purchase games for our Child Psychiatry Department, where Sylvain works as a special educator. Thanks, Sylvain, for putting our youngsters first! If, like Sylvain, you have an inspired idea, please get in touch with us!

First edition of the “Défi des Fondations”

The first edition of the “Défi des Fondations” was held on September 6, 2015 at the Acton Vale Golf Club. Over $ 1,610 was raised. These profits will be shared by the Canadian Cancer Society and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute Foundation. Thank you to the organizers and participants of this event who, through their efforts, will help those fighting cancer or living any form of mental illness.

Dama Construction Golf Tournament - Part of the profits will go towards the Douglas Foundation

The 17th Annual Dama Construction Golf Tournament took place on Monday, August 24, 2015. Dama Construction has managed to support various charities these last several years. This year, they decided to give part of their profits to the Douglas Foundation. A total of more than $ 12 500 was raised. This money will provide support to mental health researchers at the Douglas Institute.

Bell Mobility Golf Tournament to benefit mental health

On August 20, 2015, Bell Mobility staff and friends participated at a golf tournament at the 4 Domaines in Mirabel. The event was organized by Nikola Petrovic, Yannick Lauzé and Benoit L’Italien, all three company employees. This tournament aimed to raise funds to benefit the Douglas Foundation. Through their leadership, they managed to raise more than $ 30,508. It is through such initiatives that we can fund research in mental health and thus improve treatment. The Foundation thanks them for this gesture.

A Pilgrimage for Mental Health

There are people who walk to keep in shape, others who walk to relieve daily stress, and still others who walk for a cause. Sylvie Brossard is one of all three.

Sylvie Brossard, a teacher and mother, sojourned the 215-kilomter Notre-Dame, Kapatakan walking trail in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean alone on foot with the goal of promoting the importance of mental health in Quebec and Canada and raising $ 2,000 for the Douglas Mental Health University Institute Foundation. Touched personally by this cause, she considers mental health to be as important physical health.

Her two-week adventure in the Notre-Dame, Kapatakan walking trail was not an easy one. The solitude of her pilgrimage was her main adversary as she was physically prepared for the challenge. “The solitude can be intense at certain moments,” she says. But, her experience was worth it!

We agree wholeheartedly with her on the importance of mental health. Indeed, one in five people will be affected by mental illness in the course of his or her life. The obstacles to treatment advances are too often highlighted by the media, which contributes to prejudice. Compared to countries like the United States, New Zealand, the UK, and Australia, Quebec lags behind in terms of mental health research and care. But, in order to advance research, we need money – and, this is exactly why Sylvie Brossard is walking!

Her walk doesn’t end here. One day, she dreams of doing the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage in France as well as completing one of the 15 different pilgrimages in Quebec. Her fight therefore is far from over.

If you want to do your part to help Sylvie Brossard reach her objective, please visit www.canadahelps.org/fr/pages/fonds-pour-la-recherche-en-bipolarite/ and make a donation.

Girls Night - What a success!

Close to a hundred of you joined us for our girls’ night on April 23, 2015 and for that, we thank you. We had the pleasure of inviting several suppliers such as Tocara, Épicure, Avon, Tupperware, and Teavana for the occasion. There was also music, food, and a photo booth to entertain all of our guests.

It is not always easy to some spend some quality time with our colleagues, especially in difficult times like these. This first edition of our girls’ night seems to have pleased you and we hope that you will be joining us next year.

For some, we were happy to see you again, and for others, we were delighted to meet you.

If you would like to host a fund raising event or if you have any ideas to benefit the Foundation, please feel free to contact us.

Until next time!

The Douglas Foundation Team

Giving Wings to Research

We can’t say it enough; mental illness affects people of all ages. If someone you care about has been diagnosed with a mental illness, you may feel a mix of emotions – sadness, anger, frustration, guilt, etc. It's even harder when that loved one is your beloved son.

Maureen Lewin lost her son 5 years ago to mental illness. After years of mourning she decided to turn her grief into something positive. She chose to fundraise for mental health research in suicide prevention. Her initiative "Giving Wings to Research" took flight.

Last December, Ms. Lewin sold hand crafted butterfly magnets, broaches, cards, and bookmarks at the Sainte-Sophie market. These items were all made by her and her friends. Thanks to this initiative, Ms. Lewin raised over $400 for the Douglas Foundation but more importantly it allowed her to talk about her experience and share her story.

Although her son was not treated at the Douglas, Ms. Lewin heard of its world-renowned research center. She decided to support the Douglas so that this essential resource would remain strong and thriving and continue to offer care and hope to other families affected by mental illness. She also donated her son’s brain to help research and hopes that it may give initiative to others to do the same.

The Douglas Foundation sincerely thanks Ms. Lewin for supporting mental health research and applauds her courage and determination to help others.

Run for Mental Health

Running a marathon is quite a feat! This kind of achievement requires months and months of training. However, it did not stop Viviane Rochon Montplaisir to overcome this challenge and run her first marathon on January 25, 2015 in New Orleans.

Getting into shape is often the reason why people sign up for these kinds of challenges, but it isn't always easy to get motivated. So, what’s the best thing to do? Find an incentive! This is exactly what Viviane did by raising money for the Douglas Foundation.

Running by the Douglas during her training was a source of inspiration. Viviane’s friends and family were by her side, supporting her initiative and encouraging her through the many hours of training. No matter the weather, nothing could stop Viviane.

On January 25, 2015, under a beautiful New Orleans sky, Viviane completed the marathon with a time of 4:58. She also managed to raise a total of $ 1 312.42. The Douglas Foundation thanks her for supporting mental health and hopes her achievement may inspire others to do the same.