Mood and Anxiety Disorders Are Big Problems in Canada—but We Can Help You!

Mood and anxiety disorders, including depression, are the most common mental illnesses in North America, with a prevalence rate of almost 20%. Depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety are the leading causes of disability, lost productivity, and impaired functioning in Canada. The World Health Organization ranks major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder among the top ten causes of disability worldwide.

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Most Canadians suffering from mood and anxiety disorders do not receive the help they need to get well and sustain their recoveries long term. However, mood and anxiety disorders do respond well to comprehensive, evidence-based treatment. An effectively designed and individualized treatment program can change everything!

We’d like to Introduce You to the Bellwood Mood and Anxiety Program

The Bellwood Mood and Anxiety Program (MAP) is a seven-week residential treatment program designed specifically for individuals who have been struggling with chronic depression, bipolar disorder (not in an active manic episode), or anxiety. When a new patient is admitted, they will meet with members of the MAP team, who will create an individualized treatment program tailored to the patient’s unique needs.

MAP provides a supported and structured treatment experience that allows patients to make meaningful changes that help sustain long-term recoveries. MAP treatment includes the following activities:

  • One-on-one therapy
  • Small-group therapy
  • Psychoeducation
  • In-vivo exposure or activation therapy (when appropriate for the patient)
  • Daily physical exercise and education
  • Nutrition education
  • Recreational activities
  • Social activities

Also, patients’ families are provided with support and psychoeducation.

MAP takes a biopsychosocial, individualized, and evidence-based approach to treating mood and anxiety disorders that sets it apart from all other similar programs available in Canada.

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Is Bellwood MAP the Right Program for You?

The Bellwood Mood and Anxiety Program (MAP) can help you if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are at least 18 years old.
  • You have a diagnosis, or experience ongoing symptoms, of depression, bipolar disorder, or an anxiety disorder (including generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic, and agoraphobia).
  • You do not have any other concurrent disorders.
  • You are not currently in an active manic episode.
  • You are ready to engage in one-on-one therapy.
  • You are ready to engage in group therapy.

Testimonials from Bellwood MAP patients and their family members

"MAP not only saved my life, but gave me skills to continue on my recovery journey for aftercare. The 6 weeks I spent at MAP were the best 6 weeks I have ever encountered. Especially after 19 years of sobriety and 12 other programs within Canada and the US as well. Between the staff and the programs I would actually feel comfortable enough to say I am truly grateful this program existed. I had tried everything. They even tried to tell me I was treatment resistant after many specialists and doctors who were supposed to be the best in their fields. MAP gave me my life back. Between the therapy they teach and the staff caring, kind hearted experience I felt like I was blessed to have this experience and would recommend it to absolutely everything and anyone who had and has the chance to attend there. I suffered for 4 years with suicidal ideation and I am proud to say I have not had those thoughts since 3 weeks into the program. Instead I look forward to waking up everyday and seeing what life will bring and offer me today. MAP is a special place and program and so is the community at Bellwood. It’s filled with people who care. The staff, the nurses, the primary counsellors and support counsellors. It’s a place that will save many lives and I know it after the experiences I have had in the last 21 years of my life. It’s a beautiful thing Bellwood came out with this program and I look forward to seeing so many more lives saved."
Jacqueline G.
"I was at Bellwood for the MAP (Mood and Anxiety Program) September 2019 and the 7 weeks I spent there really did change my life. I had already worked on my addiction 2 years ago, but mental health continuously knocked me down. Although going into Bellwood clean, I wasn't happy with my life, and just had a serious suicide attempt. With the MAP lead, my DBT counsellor, the psychiatrist & fellow clients, I am finally living the life a 23 year old girl should be living- happy."
Nicole G.
"We discovered the Mood and Anxiety Program at Bellwood for our 19 year old daughter on the day it was launched. We were hesitant to try a brand-new program, but at that point we had already tried, and failed, everything else. We had reached an unbearable low, and were desperate to get the right help and support for our daughter who had suffered from debilitating depression and anxiety for several years. As I write this, we are several months post-graduation from the program. I say without hesitation or hyperbole that Bellwood saved her life, and our family. The level of care, compassion and dedication from the therapists is unparalleled. Our daughter's team, her village, included us (with her permission) throughout her treatment program. Bellwood provided a safe place for our daughter to heal, while developing strategies that she would be able to rely upon once treatment was done. They also provided comprehensive aftercare. We are those people who had tried everything, and had given up hope. We are no longer those people. We can't say enough about this incredible place."
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