Mood Disorders Ottawa

MDO is a registered, nonprofit volunteer-run organization 
that supports people with mood disorders and their loved ones.

Mission Statement

Mood Disorders Ottawa Mutual Support Group (MDO) is a peer-run volunteer organization.  We, members of MDO and individuals living with a mood disorder, our families and friends, engage in mutual support to improve the quality of our lives and to work at creating opportunities to reconnect with self and others.  Together we aim to offer a beacon of hope that people living with mental health challenges can and do live well.

To these ends, MDO provides resources, programs, support groups, social and recreational activities for our members and their families and friends.

General Information

Speaker Night is held on the third Tuesday of each month (Sept. - May) from 7:30-9:15pm, and includes a speaker or panel, a Q&A session and refreshments.  This meeting is open to people with mood disorders, their loved ones and the interested public.   It is held at Southminster Church, 15 Aylmer Avenue (near the Rideau Canal and Bank St.), 3rd Floor.   Entrance is at the rear of the building.  There is limited free parking at the rear of the building and on side streets.   For upcoming speakers and topics, please check the Speaker Night Information section of this website.

MDO Peer Support Group

A bimonthly peer support group, for adults 18+ with mood disorders.   Please join us for a friendly, confidential discussion of mood disorder-related topics.  The group meets every second and fourth Tuesday of each month, and the Wednesday of the in-between week,  at 1355 Bank Street, 4th floor (follow the signs), from 7:15-9:15 pm.  In other words, every 2nd & 4th Tuesday plus the 3rd Wednesday unless the month begins on a Wednesday in which case we meet the 4th Wednesday. See calendar for exact meeting dates.

You do not need to be a member to attend these informal gatherings, however we hope you will choose to support MDO.  For more information, leave a message on the MDO Info-line 613-526-5406 or email us at [email protected]

Family to Family Support Group

This support group is based on the NAMI model and is facilitated by a NAMI volunteer teacher. The group meets on the third Thursday of each month (except December and July)  from 7:00-9:00 pm at the Orleans United Church, 1111 Orleans Blvd. (at Fortune Blvd.).  For more information about this support group, please contact Madeleine Bertrand at [email protected]

This year-round program provides 2-3 very low-cost recreational events each month for our members with mood disorders.  Discovery outings can include movies, museums,  mini-golf, bowling, day trips and restaurant outings.  All members are welcome to participate, however only members with mood disorders are subsidized.  Please bring your membership card or complete a membership application and fee payment at the event.   Call the MDO Info-line 613-526-5406 or email [email protected] to request a membership form and

calendar of events.

Membership Information

If you would like to renew your membership or become a member of MDO, please complete and return our Membership Form or contact us to request the form be mailed to you.

If you would like to join our team of dedicated volunteers, please contact MDO at 613-526-5406 or by email at [email protected]

If you would like to be on our mailing list for our newsletter/calendar, contact MDO.

MDO Contact Information:

Write to : c/o Canadian Mental Health Association

Attention: MDO 
301 - 1355 Bank Street
 Ottawa, ON K1H 8K7 

Info-line:  613-526-5406

Need Help Now?

Crisis Line        within Ottawa  613-722-6914 
                         outside Ottawa 1-866-996-0991

Distress Line   613-238-3311