OTTAWA, July 31, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, the Canadian Alliance on Mental
Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) announced the five Canadians
selected for the 11th annual Faces of Mental Illness campaign. CAMIMH received nearly 100 nominations from across Canada of
people living in recovery from mental illness.
"Every one of the nominees had truly inspiring stories to share, it was
a very difficult decision," said Dr. Karen Cohen, CAMIMH Campaign Chair
2013. "This year's Faces represent strength and resilience while showing Canadians that with
appropriate access to services and support, recovery from mental
illness is possible. CAMIMH is grateful they are allowing their
personal stories of recovery and triumph to inspire millions."
Throughout the next year, the five Faces will take part in events and campaigns to help deliver the message to
all Canadians that recovery from mental illness is possible. The Faces of Mental Illness campaign is sponsored by Bell as part of the Bell Let's Talk mental
health initiative. The campaign consists of the following elements: a
marquee event on Parliament Hill during Mental Illness Awareness Week;
featuring the Faces in national public service announcements aired across Canada; the
participation of the Faces in a national media outreach campaign to tell their stories and carry
on the vital mental health conversation in this country.
This year's Faces of Mental Illness 2013 are:
A student from Surrey, British Colombia and the youngest ever speaker
for the Speakers Bureau with the Mood Disorder Society of British
A social worker, a wife and a mother from Dauphin, Manitoba who
advocates for family support as part of the healing process from mental
A former Crown Ward from Burlington, Ontario who inspires youth through
his extensive advocacy work.
A blogger and researcher for a local radio show about mental health,
from Montreal, Quebec.
An award-winning Nova Scotian actor-turned-politician with 17 years of
recovery from substance abuse, who uses her creativity to empower her
community while helping others who still struggle with their
Canadians can now order free posters, postcards, bookmarks and silicone
bracelets featuring the stories of the five Faces of Mental Illness for 2013, while engaging Canadians in a public conversation about
mental health. "The materials will be delivered in time for MIAW 2013
when the conversation is heightened by events across the country and
the involvement of Parliamentarians. We hope these stories will help
to grow the conversation about mental illness and will help to show
Canadians that recovery is possible and that we must advocate for
changes to limited access to mental health services," concluded Dr.
To learn more about the campaign, or to order campaign materials, please
visit camimh.ca. CAMIMH would once again like to thank its generous sponsors who make
this campaign possible: Bell, Lundbeck Canada Inc., Impact Public
Affairs, Janssen and Rx&D.
Established in 1998, the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental
Health (CAMIMH) is an alliance of national mental health organizations
comprised of health care providers and organizations representing
persons with mental illness and their families and caregivers. CAMIMH's
mandate is to ensure that mental health is placed on the national
agenda so that persons with a lived experience of mental illness and
their families receive appropriate access to care and support.
SOURCE: Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health
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