OTTAWA, Aug. 14, 2012 /CNW/ - Today, the Canadian Alliance on Mental
Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) announced the five Canadians
selected for the 10th annual Faces of Mental Illness campaign. CAMIMH received 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 so clearly to their lived experiences.
"Every year, we are humbled by the stories of our nominees. This year
was no exception," stated Dr. Karen Cohen, Chair of Mental Illness
Awareness Week (MIAW) 2012. "Canadians continue to prove that with
access to appropriate mental health services and supports, recovery
from mental illness is possible. This year's Faces represent courage, strength, and resilience, and we are grateful to
them for allowing their personal stories of recovery and triumph to
"The Faces of Mental Illness campaign aims to get people talking about mental illness and
recognizing the important role mental health plays in the lives of all
Canadians," continued Dr. Cohen. "By coming forward, our Faces help to remove the stigma attached to mental illness. With one in five
Canadians with personal experience of mental health problems in a given
year, CAMIMH's Faces are our faces. By sharing their stories in such a
public way, letting us know what's worked and what hasn't worked so
well on their journeys of recovery, these five people help
significantly to advance the mental health agenda for Canada."
The chosen Faces for the Faces of Mental Illness 2012 campaign are:
Sandra Yuen MacKay
An artist and author who shares her story widely to educate her
community about mental illness, from Vancouver, British Columbia.
A motivational speaker who works with many charities from Pickering,
A student and creator of The Mental Health Project from Renfrew, Ontario.
A former government employee who now teaches the benefits of fitness for
mental wellness, from Ottawa, Ontario.
A volunteer with the Canadian Mental Health Association from
Fredericton, New Brunswick.
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 and consists of the following
elements: a marquee event on Parliament Hill during MIAW; the Faces will be featured in national public service announcements aired across
Canada; the Faces will also take part in a national media outreach campaign to tell their
stories and carry on the vital mental health conversation in this
The Faces of Mental Illness and MIAW campaigns would not be possible without the support of our generous
sponsors: Bell, RBC Foundation, RX&D, and Janssen. To find out more
about the Faces of Mental Illness or Mental Illness Awareness Week, 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, Faces of Mental Illness Organizing Committee
Tel: 613-233-8906 Email: email@example.com