Who We Are

Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba (MDAM) is a not-for-profit organization founded by Gwen Finnen in 1983 as the Society for Depression & Manic Depression of Manitoba.

It is a self-help organization dedicated to providing support, education and advocacy for those living with mental health illnesses through peer support and other services.

Today, MDAM operates throughout Manitoba, supporting those affected by mood disorders, their friends, families, caregivers, and supporters.

Treaty Land Statement

The Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba offices are located on original lands of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation. We respect the Treaties that were made on these territories. We acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past, and we dedicate ourselves to move forward in partnership with Indigenous communities in a spirit of reconciliation and collaboration.

Our Mission

Helping Ourselves, Helping Others.

The Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba Inc. is a self-help organization dedicated toproviding support, education and advocacy for those living with a mood disorder, co-occurringdisorders or other mental health illnesses. We increase public awareness about mood disordersand empower people to develop hope and recovery.

Help yourself or those you love in hope and recovery from mood disorders.

Our Vision

To build an understanding community in the awareness of mood disorders through providing support and recovery to those living with mood disorders. We strive to be a centre of excellence for grassroots community mental health in an open yet confidential atmosphere.

Our Impact

In 2021

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Partners & Sponsors

In the News


January 24, 2023

Recipient of Top 25 Immigrants in Canada Award Gives Advice to Newcomers

Executive Director Rita Chahal spoke to Umulticultural Channel about her first experiences and settling into life in Canada. She shares …


January 23, 2023

Rita Chahal Speaks to UMulticultural on the Importance of Community Support

Executive Director Rita Chahal speaks to UMulticultural on the importance of providing and finding community supports for those living with …


June 4, 2022

Run for Women 2022

Rita Chahal, Executive Director at MDAM in an exclusive interview with CTV News talks about Run for Women by Shoppers …