CAMIMH Recognizes Mental Illness Awareness Week on Parliament Hill
OTTAWA, Oct. 8, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, members from the Canadian Alliance
on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) are joined by the Faces of Mental Illness to advocate for changes to the way mental health is addressed within
the federal framework. The annual Faces campaign aims to get people talking about mental illness and recognizes
the important role mental health plays in the lives of all Canadians.
The Faces have come forward to show Canadians that mental illness has many faces-faces that are
recognizable to us all. This year, CAMIMH received nearly 100
nominations from across Canada of people living in recovery from mental
"The Faces of Mental Illness are shining examples of strength and resilience while showing Canadians
that with appropriate access to services and support, recovery from
mental illness is possible," said Dr. Karen Cohen, CAMIMH Campaign
This year's Faces of Mental Illness 2013 are:
A student from Surrey, British Columbia and the youngest ever speaker
for the Speakers Bureau with the Mood Disorders Association 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
"As well as recognizing exceptional individuals, the Faces campaign has a proud history of raising awareness and placing mental
illness high on the public agenda. In the past few years, the
conversation about mental illness has become more prominent. We are
very pleased to see that more and more Canadians are coming forward to
share their experiences and to ask for help. The next crucial step is
to make sure the resources are available so that when someone asks for
help, it is there for them," continued Dr. Cohen.
CAMIMH members and Parliamentarians assembled this morning for a
breakfast, sponsored by Bell as part of their Bell Let's Talk mental
health initiative, to discuss mental health concerns in Canada.
In addition to speaking with Parliamentarians, the Faces of Mental Illness will spend a few hours this afternoon sharing their stories with the
Governor General of Canada's spouse, Her Excellency Mrs. Sharon
Johnston. Her Excellency has included mental health as one of her key
priorities because it is an issue she considers very important.
"The lack of access to services and treatment for Canadians living with
mental illness is something Parliamentarians can change today. That is
why we are on Parliament Hill - to encourage the government to take
action and make mental health a priority," concluded Dr. Cohen.
Today's activities and events are taking place as part of Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) 2013, an annual national initiative organized by CAMIMH which
runs from October 6-12. MIAW's purpose is to raise awareness on the
importance of mental health for the overall health of all Canadians and
to facilitate a much-needed national conversation about mental illness.
Mental Illness Awareness Week would not be possible without the support of generous sponsors: Bell,
Lundbeck Canada Inc., Rx&D, and Janssen. To find out more about MIAW or other CAMIMH initiatives, please visit camimh.ca.
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.
CAMIMH Members 2013:
Autism Society of Canada; Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention;
Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists; Canadian Association
of Social Workers; Canadian Coalition for Seniors' Mental Health;
Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association; Canadian Federation
of Mental Health Nurses; Canadian Healthcare Association; Canadian
Medical Association; Canadian Mental Health Association; Canadian
Nurses Association; Canadian Psychological Association; Canadian
Psychiatric Association; The College of Family Physicians Canada; Mood
Disorders Society of Canada; Psychosocial Rehabilitation Canada;
Schizophrenia Society of Canada; Union of Psychiatric Nurses of BC
SOURCE: Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health
For further information:
Tel: 613-233-8906/ 613-857-1758