Mood Disorders

If you have a mood disorder, your general emotional state or mood is distorted or inconsistent with your circumstances and interferes with your ability to function. You may be extremely sad, empty or irritable (depressed), or you may have periods of depression alternating with being excessively happy (mania).

Anxiety disorders can also affect your mood and often occur along with depression. Mood disorders may increase your risk of suicide.

Some examples of mood disorders include:

  • Major depressive disorder — prolonged and persistent periods of extreme sadness
  • Bipolar disorder — also called manic depression or bipolar affective disorder, depression that includes alternating times of depression and mania
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) — a form of depression most often associated with fewer hours of daylight in the far northern and southern latitudes from late fall to early spring
  • Cyclothymic disorder — a disorder that causes emotional ups and downs that are less extreme than bipolar disorder
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder — mood changes and irritability that occur during the premenstrual phase of a woman’s cycle and go away with the onset of menses
  • Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) — a long-term (chronic) form of depression
  • Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder — a disorder of chronic, severe and persistent irritability in children that often includes frequent temper outbursts that are inconsistent with the child’s developmental age
  • Depression related to medical illness — a persistent depressed mood and a significant loss of pleasure in most or all activities that’s directly related to the physical effects of another medical condition
  • Depression induced by substance use or medication ― depression symptoms that develop during or soon after substance use or withdrawal or after exposure to a medication

For most people, mood disorders can be successfully treated with medications and talk therapy (psychotherapy).

Source: Mayo Clinic

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Types of Mood Disorders

Men’s Peer Support Group

Women’s Peer Support

Friends and Family Support Group

Youth Peer Support

Senior’s Tea & Tales – Winnipeg

Mixed Coffee and Chat

Mixed Bipolar

Mixed Depression & Anxiety

Wellness Peer Support Group – Westman

Soul Sisters 

Brandon Men’s Activity Club

Bipolar Peer Support Group

Tea & Tales – Selkirk

Young Adult Peer Support Group

Men’s Peer Support Group

Book Club

Game Night

Lac du Bonnet – Tea & Tales

Join us every week for a confidential and safe place to talk.

This is an open group for anyone who identifies as a man,18+ living in Manitoba. 

IN PERSON

Mondays

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Facilitator: Matthew C., Shawn D., and Daniel

ONLINE

Wednesdays

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Facilitator: Shawn and Daniel

LAUNCH ONLINE MEETING plus

These in-person and online groups for women welcome open, honest and heartfelt connections and conversations. We aim to provide coping techniques, and support for women struggling with their mental health.

IN PERSON

Thursdays

6:45 pm to 7:45 pm

Facilitator: Katherine, Alexandria, Karly M. and Melanie

ONLINE

Tuesdays

6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Facilitator: Sara S.

LAUNCH ONLINE MEETING plus

This group offers support to friends and family to help them deal with mood disorders diagnosed or undiagnosed and welcomes them to experience support and connection.

ONLINE

Tuesdays

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

LAUNCH ONLINE MEETING plus

This online group offers a safe space for youth under 17 years of age where they can come together and chat about their own mental health and seek help for any mood disorders they might be dealing with.

Location: Our office at 100-4 Fort Street, Winnipeg.

Please note: This group is on hold until further notice.

IN PERSON

Thursdays

On Hold

Facilitator: Kennedy

Our Seniors Tea & Tales is all about coming together for an afternoon tea or coffee to share experiences and discuss a variety of topics about mental health, or simply to connect with other people in a similar age group!

Location: Our office at 100-4 Fort Street, Winnipeg.

IN PERSON

Tuesdays

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Facilitator: Pam H. & Barb F.

This in-person group is offered to all in community and their families. We provide an educational component along with resources in each group.

IN PERSON

Tuesdays

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Facilitator: Matt

This in-person group is for anyone who is suffering from bipolar diagnosed or undiagnosed and welcomes them to experience support, conversations and connection.

This group meets at our Winnipeg office located at 100-4 Fort Street on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.

IN PERSON

Tuesdays

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Facilitator: Marie S. & Richard

This is an in-person group for anyone struggling with depression or anxiety diagnosed or undiagnosed. We welcome you to experience connection and conversation along with support and resources to help you heal.

This group meets at our Winnipeg office located at 100-4 Fort Street on Thursday evenings from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

IN PERSON

Thursday

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Facilitator: Jezz

This is an online mixed group that focuses on wellness topics, addressing all mood disorders, diagnosed or undiagnosed and welcomes everyone to experience an evening of support and connection.

Please note: There is no charge for this group and we do not meet on statutory holidays. This group meets next on May 13 & 27, 2024.

To join the group and receive the Zoom link or for more information, please contact adassist@moodmb.ca or call/text our Brandon office at (204) 721-2174.

ONLINE

Monday

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

A community of women who care about each other and who welcome open, honest, heartfelt connections and conversations. Come join a sacred space of nonjudgmental & confidential sharing.

Please note: There is no charge for this group and we do not meet on statutory holidays. 

To join the group and receive the Zoom link or for more information, please contact adassist@moodmb.ca or call/text our Brandon office at (204) 721-2174.

ONLINE

Wednesday

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Facilitator: Susan

This group is aimed primarily at men 40+ but those younger are welcome as well. The group fosters socialization and connection among men in a workshop setting. This group does not meet on statutory holidays. (No charge for this group.)

To receive the link to this group or for further information, please contact the Brandon office at westman@moodmb.ca or at 204-721-2174

IN PERSON

Wednesday

12:30 to 2:00 pm

Facilitator: In person at the BNRC Creation Nation Maker Space in Brandon, Manitoba

Join an online meeting of local peers living with bipolar disorder, diagnosed or undiagnosed for an evening of conversation, support and connection.

Please note: There is no charge for this group and we do not meet on statutory holidays. This group meets bi-weekly and will meet next on May 9 & 23, 2024.

To join the group and receive the Zoom link or for more information, please contact adassist@moodmb.ca or call/text our Brandon office at (204) 721-2174

ONLINE

Thursday

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Our Seniors Tea & Tales is all about coming together for an afternoon tea or coffee to share experiences and discuss a variety of topics about mental health, or simply to connect with other people in a similar age group!

Location: The Gordon Howard Centre, 384 Eveline St., Selkirk, MB. This group meets every Thursday from 1:00 – 2:30 pm. Light refreshments and snacks are provided.

No registration required.

IN PERSON

Every Thursday

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Facilitator: Susan

Join us every Thursday evening from 5:00 – 6:00 pm for a confidential and safe place to talk. This is an open group for 18+ living in Manitoba. 

Please note: this group is on hold until further notice.

ONLINE

Thursday

5:00 - 6:00pm

LAUNCH ONLINE MEETING plus

Join us every week for a confidential and safe place to talk.

This is an open group for anyone who identifies as a man,18+ living in Manitoba. This group meets at our Winnipeg office located at 100-4 Fort Street.

IN PERSON

Monday

5:30 - 6:30 pm at 4 Fort Street

Facilitator: Matthew C., Shawn D., and Daniel

ONLINE

Wednesday

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Facilitator: Shawn and Daniel

LAUNCH ONLINE MEETING plus

Operating as a partnership between MDAM and the MHERC Library, the MDAM book club offers three different book readings throughout the year, typically in the fall, winter and spring. Stay tuned for our Fall 2024 Book Club announcement!

When in session, the book club meets in person in our Winnipeg office on Wednesday evenings from 6 – 7:00 pm in the MHERC Library.

The book will be loaned to you through the MHERC library and is to be returned at the end. There is a small $10 fee payable at the start which helps to cover the cost of the workbook. To register, email mixedprogram@moodmb.ca.

IN PERSON

Wednesdays

6:00 - 7:00 pm

Facilitator: Pam H. & Sarah V. (MHERC)

✨ Dive into the magic of Friday nights at MDAM – it’s Game Night! 🎲🌙

Every Friday night, MDAM opens its doors at 6:00 pm at 100-4 Fort Street in Winnipeg for a good old-fashioned games night. 🕹️🎉

Game play kicks off at 6:30 pm, carrying the excitement through until 10:00 pm. Bring along a buddy or make some new friends as we gather to play an array of games – dice, cards, and board games galore!

But here’s the deal: At MDAM, we’re all about good vibes and creating a safe and enjoyable space for everyone. Unsportsmanlike conduct or a negative attitude won’t fly here. If such behavior is observed, we’ll kindly ask you to leave. So bring your best attitude, a zest for fun, and let’s create unforgettable moments together! 😄🌈 Join us for a night of games, giggles, and good times! 🎲🌟

Thank you to Across the Board, Victory Pints and Toad Hall Toys for their generous donation of board games. Big thank you also to our members who have donated games – Stephanie, Penny and Shawn.

**PLEASE NOTE: Game night will not take place on Friday, March 29th as our office is closed for Good Friday.**

IN PERSON

Friday Nights

Doors open 6:00 pm, Game play 6:30 - 10:00 pm

Facilitator: Pamela H.

Our Seniors Tea & Tales is all about coming together for an afternoon tea or coffee to share experiences and discuss a variety of topics about mental health, or simply to connect with other people in a similar age group!

This is a new group in the Lac du Bonnet area that is starting up on March 4, 2024. The group will meet the second Monday of each month.

Location: The Lutheran Church of the Cross, 253 McArthur Avenue, Lac du Bonnet.

No registration required.

IN PERSON

Second Monday of the Month

1:30 - 3:00 pm

Facilitator: Bianca Tetrault