Mental health: Three Foundations together for the first edition of the race of the Défi des Lumières



MONTRÉAL, May 27th, 2015 – On Saturday, May 30th, the Mental Illness Foundation, the Foundation of Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute Foundation are joining together to present the first edition of the race of the Défi des Lumières, in the half-marathon of the Vignobles du Mont-Yamaska, organized by Courses Gourmandes. Following the roads around the orchards and vineyards of Mont-Yamaska in Saint-Paul-d’Abbotsford, the runners will run the 1, 5, 10 and 21K circuits. We are proud of our runners who have met the challenge by raising a considerable amount of donations for mental health. The amount will be announced the day of the event. Become a part of the movement and join us!

Why the Défi des Lumières?

  • Mental illness does not discriminate: it affects people of all ages and all walks of life.
  • One in five persons will be affected by mental illness during their lifetime. Unfortunately, most people will not go to seek the help they need, because of lack of information or fear of being judged by others.By 2020, depressive disorders will be associated with the heaviest health burden in developed countries like Canada.
  • Depression is the leading cause of disability among teenagers.
  • Anxiety is the psychological condition which affects the greatest number of individuals: almost one in five individuals will suffer from it in their lifetime.
  • Today, the economic burden of mental illness in Canada is estimated at $ 51 billion per year.
  • Almost half of those who believe they have suffered from depression or anxiety never consulted a health professional for their problem.
Thanks to the runners, donors and partners of the Défi des Lumières, Bell Let’s Talk and Lundbeck, our foundations will continue to fight the stigmas associated with mental illness and will send a message of hope to patients and their loved ones. Empowering those of us facing mental health issues will lead the way towards recovery and the exploration of treatments through research. Together we can fight prejudices against mental illness problems.

For more information about the Défi des Lumières :

About us

Founded in 1980, the Mental Illness Foundation promotes mental health, raises awareness among the public of the importance to prevent mental illnesses and contributes to reduce the suffering of those affected. This mission is deeply rooted in our outreach program, Partners for Life: a depression awareness program aimed at educating and providing tools for teenagers and adults throughout Quebec. The Foundation also offers a resources directory, available online, which includes more than 1000 mental health organizations.

Created in 1993, the Foundation of Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal contributes to the achievement of the goals and objectives of the largest French psychiatric institution in Canada. The Foundation supports research, clinical care and education efforts to advance practices to the benefit of patients. The Foundation also funds rehabilitation and social reintegration activities to support individuals in their recovery.

The Douglas Mental Health University Institute Foundation’s mission is to support the world-class Douglas Institute which is affiliated with McGill University and the World Health Organization. The Douglas Institute treats people suffering from mental illness and offers them both hope and healing. Its teams of specialists and researchers are constantly increasing scientific knowledge, integrating this knowledge into patient care, and sharing it with the community in order to educate the public and eliminate prejudices surrounding mental health.

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Information or interview:
Mireille Bouchard
Communications Advisor
Mental Illness Foundation
514 529-5354, ext. 229
[email protected]