To commemorate its 125th anniversary, the Douglas is launching a mini-site: 125.douglas.qc.ca. In keeping with this festive occasion, the site features facts, historical anecdotes and personality profiles — riveting accounts of people’s ongoing battle against the myths of mental illness. The site also includes a photo gallery and—its crowning achievement—a virtual Hospital tour.

“This initiative shows our determination to use the Web to raise awareness of the Douglas and mental illness in an imaginative and unconventional way,” explains Marie-Gabrielle Ayoub, the Douglas Hospital’s interactive communication advisor. “It allows people to follow the Hospital’s evolution from a nineteenth century asylum to its current status as a University Institute in Mental Health.”

Step back in time…
Did you know that fear and the flu were thought to be probable causes of mental illness back in 1890? Visitors to the site can step back in time to learn about this institution, its patients and its staff—from its origins as the "Protestant Hospital for the Insane" to today’s Douglas Hospital.

“Open Minds” profiles destigmatize mental illness
On the site, you’ll meet Katarina, Mehereen, Stella, Jim, Marielle, and Ann. Each of them, in their own way, are boosting public awareness of mental illness and battling its devastating myths.

The latest in interactivity
At a time when today’s technology lets people stroll the streets of Quito via satellite, the Douglas introduces its virtual campus map—a user-friendly, informative tool.

Visitors can zoom in and out, travel east or north by dragging the mouse over the map. By clicking on buildings, they’ll access fact sheets rich with historical information, current services, and early and recent photos. Each sheet invites visitors to the main Douglas site at www.douglas.qc.ca for additional information.

A virtual tour for some, a historic resource for others, the map propels the Douglas in the world of interactivity.

This site was conceived and developed in PHP by the Montréal agency Bivouac Studio www.bivouacstudio.com. It combines the dynamic potential of Flash, the flexibility of vectorial drawing, and the rigors of XML tree structure and text storage.

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