CAMIMH to Recognize Five Outstanding Canadians on Parliament Hill
OTTAWA, Oct. 2, 2012 /CNW/ - Today, members from the Canadian Alliance
on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) are celebrating five
outstanding Canadians who are living in recovery from mental illness -
this year's Faces of Mental Illness. The annual Faces campaign - now in its tenth year - aims to get people talking about
mental illness and recognizes the important role mental health plays in
the lives of all Canadians. By coming forward, the Faces will help to remove the stigma associated with mental illness.
This year, CAMIMH received an astounding 90 nominations from across
Canada of people living in recovery from mental illness. Of these, each
of whom had inspiring stories to share, CAMIMH has chosen five
individuals whose messages speak clearly to their lived experiences.
"Canadians from all walks of life continue to prove that with access to
appropriate mental health services and supports, recovery from mental
illness is possible," stated Dr. Karen Cohen, Chair of MIAW 2012. "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."
"Despite the advancements we have seen in Canada's approach to mental
health, Canadians living with mental illness continue to encounter
barriers which prevent them from seeking the help they need and
deserve," continued Dr. Cohen. "Some of those barriers, such as the
persistent stigma associated with mental illness, will take time to
bring down. However, 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 this morning - to
encourage the government to take action and make mental health a
CAMIMH members and Parliamentarians assembled this morning for a
breakfast on Parliament Hill, 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 Members of Parliament and
Senators, the afternoon will also include a crucial meeting with Their
Excellencies Governor General David Johnston and Dr. Sharon Johnson to
discuss the advancement of Canada's mental health community and
particularly youth mental health in this country.
"The vast majority of adults living with mental illness experienced
signs and symptoms of their illness before the age of eighteen. That
means early detection and treatment is fundamental to improving the
quality of life for these young Canadians and placing them on a path to
recovery," said Dr. Cohen. "The federal government has a leadership
role to fulfill here, and we hope CAMIMH's efforts on the Hill today
will encourage policy makers to take on a more proactive approach to
improving the mental health of Canadians everywhere."
Today's activities and events are taking place as part of Mental Illness Awareness Week 2012, an annual national initiative organized by CAMIMH which runs from
September 30 - October 6. 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 our generous sponsors:
Bell, RBC Foundation, RX&D, and Janssen. To find out more about MIAW or other CAMIMH initiatives, please visit www.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.
SOURCE: CANADIAN ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS AND MENTAL HEALTH
For further information:
Kalene Tilson, Mental Illness Awareness Week Organizing Committee
Tel: 613-233-8906 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org