Why Do You Support the Douglas?

Stephanie's testimony - Spoken word poet and former patient at the Douglas Institute

Deborah Nasheim, Chief of the Intellectual Handicap with Psychiatric Comorbidity Program

"I give to the Foundation because I feel that those closest to the Douglas must lead the way and set an example for other donors. I hope my gift motivates others working here to also give. It is the act of giving that is important, not the size of the gift. By getting as close to 100% participation as possible, we send a message to potential donors external to our community. We show them that we are proud of the work that is done here and that our Institution is one worth supporting. A strong family commitment has been a proven motivator for the Foundation’s other donors, and I am proud to be a part of that."

Kathleen Madden, Sector Chief and Informational Assets Security Manager, Computer Services

"I give to the Foundation because I am able to designate my gift to a particular area that is dear to me. This makes me feel like I am making a concrete difference.

As a donor, I am now more attentive to the work being done at the program that I support, and I see that the need is great to finance the work that still needs to be done."


Dr. Willine Rozefort,Director of Professional and Hospital Services

"I give to the Foundation because I know that my gift contributes to research that will help advance medical knowledge about mental illness, leading to better treatments. By giving, I am also supporting various projects that can make a difference in the daily lives and well-being of our patients."


Manon-Lucie Sirois, administrative assistant at the Douglas

“My mother had 6 sisters, all of whom developed Alzheimer’s. I’ve seen first-hand the devastating effects mental illness can have on an entire family. I have been healthy my whole life and I will donate my brain because I want to help others who are less fortunate.

I also give to the Foundation so that I can fulfill my personal goal of helping others and being a good person."

Martine Turcotte,
Vice Chair, Québec for Bell

"The World Health Organization says that mental health problems will be the biggest cause of disability in 2020. That's only eight years away.

We simply cannot wait any longer. Corporations like Bell must be encouraged to invest in this underfunded cause." - in speaking about Bell's $ 2 million donation to the Douglas-Bell Canada Brain Bank

Jean-François Bélair, Medical Director of the Intensive Intervention Program for Adolescents

"I give to the Foundation because I am convinced that, by investing in research, teaching, and the advancement of knowledge and treatment, we can make a difference, create hope and impact the well-being of our patients.

Mental health is everyone’s responsibility. I invite you to join us in supporting our youth, those fighting against mental illness, to help them come out of the battle victorious, with their head held high and their eyes towards the future."

Marie-Hélène, former patient of Eating Disorders Program

"When I was 25, I suffered from anorexia for two years. I had luck of being treated at the Douglas' Eating Disorders Program. When I arrived in the day hospital, I was in a very bad state, depressed, and I had no self-esteem;  I weighed 69 pounds. I was desperate and frightened when I began 5 months of treatments. I never thought that these treatments could save my life. But that's what they did."

Anita David, Secretary-Treasurer of the Gustav Levinschi Foundation

"My uncle, Gustav Levinschi, wanted to help the Douglas meet its urgent needs. This included a wheelchair access ramp and an elevator." To this day, the Gustav Levinschi Foundation has contributed $ 1.2 million to the diverse projects of the Institute.


Lisa O'Reilly, Douglas Recreational Therapist 


Louise, victim of a traumatic event and user of the Info-Trauma.org blog

“I suffered from CO2 poisoning four years ago while driving my car. I constantly relive the event in my mind. One year after it happened, I started having panic attacks. I'm depressed. I sometimes think about suicide. When I heard about the Info-Trauma website, it gave me hope that I might be able to come to grips with my problem. The site was informative and made me realize that I need help and, most of all, that I'm not alone in my suffering.”

Nadya Thornhill, Douglas employee

Nancy, donor and mother of a boy suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder

"Since his birth, our son was agitated and angry. He could not focus his attention on anything. When he was 6, I was told that he could not attend school because of his behaviour. After receiving treatment at the Douglas Institute, he returned to class; his teachers called him the 'little miracle'. Remember that miracles are possible – a child's life can be changed. I'm proof of this!"

Ina Winkleman, Employee 

We are always ready to hear your testimonials. Do not hesitate to share your story with us in full confidentiality. Whether you are a donor, a present or former patient, a caregiver or loved one, or a Douglas employee, do not hesitate to contact us at (514) 762-3003.