The Douglas Foundation
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The Douglas Mental Health University Institute is the psychiatric teaching hospital of the McGill University network and is part of the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux (CIUSSS) de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal. It offers state-of-the-art treatments, often unique in Quebec. Its teams constantly develop scientific knowledge, integrate it into patient care and share it with the community to raise awareness and reduce stigma surrounding mental illness.
The role of the Foundation
Created in 1972, the Douglas Foundation’s mission is to fund the development of the Douglas Institute: patient care and their environment, neuroscience and mental health research, as well as education and training.
Some facts about mental health:
- Nearly one in five Quebecers (20%) will be personally affected by mental illness during their lifetime. Yet, less than half of people with mental illness consult a professional. (Institut national de santé publique du Québec).
- The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that by 2020, depression will be the second leading cause of illness and disability at work, after cardiovascular disease.
- In Canada, 747,000 people have Alzheimer’s disease or another cognitive disease (140,000 Quebecers). Within 15 years, 1.4 million people will have it. Three out of four Canadians know someone with a cognitive illness. (Federation of Quebec Alzheimer Societies)
- Less than 4% of medical research funding is devoted to research into mental illness, although the number of Canadians who will be diagnosed with mental illness in their lifetime is 20%.
Michael Denham, President and Chief Executive Officer, BDC
François Hudon, Head, North American Customer Contact Centre, BMO
Louise Chagnon-Bucheit, Caroline Dillon, Susan Doherty, Jill Drummond, Alicia Hamilton, Leena Lakdawala, Marion Lefebvre-Buchanan, Yolanda Page, Michèle Plourde, Isabelle Roberge, Aphrodite Salas, Nancy Simard, Jeannie Vondjidis.
Marisa Giannetti, Chair of the Board of Directors, Douglas Foundation
Sarah Ivory, President of the Organizing Committee