Do you know someone who transforms lives?

    The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation Announces 2009 CAMH
    Transforming Lives Awards Call for Nominations

    TORONTO, Jan. 16 /CNW/ - The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
(CAMH) Foundation is seeking nominations for its 2009 CAMH Transforming Lives
Awards. The annual public awareness and fundraising campaign recognizes the
achievements of seven extraordinary individuals across Ontario who have
demonstrated courage and determination in the face of mental illness and/or
addiction and now use their experiences to help transform the lives of others
facing similar circumstances. All nominees will receive a certificate of
recognition for their achievements.
    A potential CAMH Transforming Lives Award recipient could live next door,
or in your own home, or work alongside you: one in five Canadians will be
affected by mental illness and addiction during their lifetime, but only
one-third will receive treatment due to the stigma surrounding these
    Dr. David Goldbloom, Senior Medical Advisor, Education and Public
Affairs, CAMH, says, "Nominating someone for a CAMH Transforming Lives Award
is a personal and public acknowledgment that someone you know who has
experienced mental illness and/or addiction has both struggled and triumphed.
It is a celebration of hope, of help, and ultimately of the human spirit.
Don't perpetuate the silence; make a noise by nominating a deserving person
you know."

    Nominations for the 2009 CAMH Transforming Lives Awards must be received
no later than Wednesday, February 11, 2009.

    The 2009 award recipients will be honoured at the CAMH Transforming Lives
Awards Dinner, to be held in Toronto on Tuesday, May 12, 2009, hosted by the
CAMH Foundation and presented by RBC Capital Markets.
    In the past, both celebrities and non-celebrities have been honoured by
the awards, and many people facing similar circumstances have been encouraged
to seek treatment after hearing the compelling stories of the award
recipients. A special award for community leadership is also presented at the
    To find out how to nominate someone, please call Bonnie Perry at
416-535-8501 ext. 4220 or, toll free, 1-800-414-0471 ext. 4220, or visit:

    The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health is a Pan American Health
Organization and World Health Organization Collaborating Centre and a teaching
hospital fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.

    Past award recipients are available for interviews during the weeks
leading up to the February 11th deadline for nominations for the 2009 CAMH
Transforming Lives Awards.

For further information:

For further information: To arrange an interview with a past recipient
or CAMH spokesperson, please contact Jean Geary, (416) 535-8501, ext. 4395

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