See you in February 2019 for a colorful evening!



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Are you open-minded? Come celebrate with us and help us increase mental health awareness! By participating in our Open Minds Event, you will support a more inclusive and open society.

Slip into your favourite jeans and most comfortable shoes and eat, drink and dance the night away!  We look forward to seeing you there!

Tickets : $200 / 35 and under: $135

We are a registered charity (# 10146 9609 RR0001), a tax receipt for your donation or for the deductible portion of your tickets will be issued after the event.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Théâtre Paradoxe (5959 Boulevard Monk, Montréal, QC H4E 3H5)


Dress code : Jeans chic


  • Michel Brutti, CFA, Jarislowsky Fraser
    Anne-Marie Boucher, advocate
    Debra Margles, President, Michael Kors Canada

              Organising committee

        • Louise Chagnon-Bucheit
        • Caroline Dillon
        • Susan Doherty
        • Jill Drummond
        • Marisa Giannetti – Chairman, Douglas Foundation
        • Alicia Hamilton
        • Sarah Ivory
        • Leena Lakdawala
        • Katrina Monton
        • Yolanda Page
        • Michèle Plourde
        • Isabelle Roberge
        • Aphrodite Salas
        • Nancy Simard
      • Jeannie Vondjidis


The Douglas
By participating to Open Minds, you are a part of the solution!

With strong and steady philanthropic support from community in Québec and elsewhere, the Douglas Institute offers our community the best care possible and has developed into a jewel in Montreal’s crown of brain science, ing breakthroughs in depression, Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, eating disorders …

Where do the funds go?

By supporting the Douglas Mental Health University Institute Foundation, you are contributing to :


finding real solutions to eradicate mental diseases by financing the most important research centre in this field in Quebec (see below for some of our majors breakthroughs)


improving patient care and treatment

Raising awareness

raising public awareness of mental disorders and destigmatizing the disease

The keys to mental illness prevention and healthy minds will come from neuroscience and mental health research

The Douglas Mental Health University Institute

Founded in 1881 by Alfred Perry and a group of Protestant clergy and Montreal citizens, the Douglas Institute was named the “Protestant Hospital for the Insane” and was intended to be the most progressive mental health institution in Quebec.

The Douglas Institute is the affiliated teaching hospital in mental health of the Réseau universitaire intégré de santé McGill. Since April 2015, it is part of the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux (CIUSSS) de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal. The Douglas offers leading-edge treatments, often unique in Québec. Its teams of specialists, clinicians and researchers strive to constantly advance scientific knowledge, integrating it into patient care and sharing it with the community to raise awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Our mandate:

To care, teach, evaluate, discover and share knowledge.

The Douglas Institute Interdisciplinary teams offer programs to treat

          • anxiety
          • depression
          • eating disorders
          • schizophrenia and other forms of psychosis
          • bipolar disorders
        • Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia

The Douglas Institute in numbers Click to discover

63% of Quebec territory covered including the north of the province with special services for Crees and Inuits communities


1 600 employees


266  beds


100 000 annual outpatient visits


Bilingual services to 10 000 patients per year


4 500 emergency room visits per year


1 Research Centre deemed exemplary by FRQ-S


The largest research centre in mental health in Québec and the 2nd most important on in Canada


More than 60 Principal Investigators including 8 Canada Research Chairs 3 of them among the most cited in the world


300 students


The Douglas- Bell Canada Brain Bank, unique in Canada with 3 000 specimens


A unique brain imaging centre entirely dedicated to mental health research in Quebec


A neurophenotyping centre


8 care programs, from children to seniors

The Douglas Research Centre

The Douglas Institute Research Centre is :

  • 200-300 scientific publications per year
  • A McGill University affiliated research centre with a budget of $24M (2015-2016)
  • More than 560 persons on-site including 269 Research Assistants / Technical support and 220 Trainees – MSc, PhD students, and postdocs:

The Douglas Institute Research Centre is structured around 4 main themes:

        • Ageing, Cognition and Alzheimer’s disease
        • Mental Health and Society
        • Stress, mood and impulsivity disorders
        • Psychosis and Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Some fundamental discoveries of the Douglas researchers

1993 – Dr. Judes Poirier identifies the gene associated with Alzheimer’s disease

2003 – Dr Howard Steiger shows that genetic factors have a significant influence in anorexia or bulimia development.

2009 – The researchers Dr. Gustavo Turecki and Dr. Michael Meaney use a groundbreaking approach, epigenetics, to discover that childhood abuse affects certain genes and increases suicide risk.

2013 – Dr. Jens Pruessner discovers not only that violence experienced during childhood changes the brain structure but also that those changes reflect the very nature of the abuse, sexual or emotional.

2014 – Le Dr Bruno Giros demonstrates for the first time the role of dopamine in brain hippocampus structure. At the end, his studies will enable the development of new therapeutic approaches to treat schizophrenia.

2014 – Dr. Judes Poirier and his team discover a genetic variant which reduce from 30 to 50% the risk of developing Alzheimer disease. This is good news as a medicine capable of imitating its effects exists, and could possibly delays the first signs of this terrible disease.

2016 – Dr. Sylvain Williams and his team find new evidence that Rapid Eye Movement (REM) is crucial in the mouse memory formation. This discovery might apply to humans, as a poor quality of sleep is more and more associated with brain diseases triggering (Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson).

Mental health

Mental illness indirectly affects all Canadians at some time through a family member, friend or colleague

– 1 Canadian in 5 will personally experience a mental illness in their lifetime.- Of the 10 leading causes of disability worldwide, five are mental disorders

– About 4,000 Canadians commit suicide each year. It represents 24% of all deaths among 15-24 year olds.

– In Canada, only 1 out of 5 children who need mental health services receives them.

– Almost one half (49%) of those who feel they have suffered from depression or anxiety have never gone to see a doctor about this problem.

– By 2020, the World Health Organization estimates that depressive illnesses will become the second leading cause of disease burden worldwide and the leading cause in developed countries like Canada.

– 3.4 million Canadians are affected by major depression (800,000 Quebecers).

– Once depression is recognized, help can make a difference for 80% of people who are affected, allowing them to get back to their regular activities.

– Less than 4% of medical research funding goes to mental illness research. Yet 20% of Canadians will experience a diagnosable mental illness in their life.






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