The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) is pleased to invite nominations from the public for its Faces of Mental Illness campaign. For the past many years, CAMIMH has been proud to organize and host the courage of Canadians who have stepped up in determination and in hopes of becoming a Face of Mental Illness. They have come to the campaign with their unique and diverse stories and backgrounds showing Canadians that mental illness has many Faces – faces that are recognizable to us all. CAMIMH’s Faces campaign created the first organized opportunity for Canadians to convene a very public discussion about mental illness; discussion which is critical to creating awareness and decreasing stigma.
Self-nominations and nominations for others are welcome. If nominating someone else, please verify that the person you are nominating is agreeable to the nomination. On the nomination form, describe your or their mental health journey. Tell us about what you experienced, what has made your journey difficult and what has made it easier. Tell us where you have been, where you are now and where you hope to go in your journey. Feel free to let us know who or what has helped you in your journey and what, in your view, is critical to recovery when it comes to mental illness.
If selected as a Face of Mental Illness, you will have an opportunity to tell your story to Canada through public service announcements (PSAs) developed by CAMIMH and aired over a variety of media outlets in October of that year. You will also be invited to a celebratory event in Ottawa in October during Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) as well as advocacy meetings on Parliament Hill, designed to continue public discussion about mental health and mental illness. In addition, you will be invited to attend CAMIMH’s Champion’s Gala the following calendar year and to participate in the Bell Let’s Talk campaign.
A selection committee from CAMIMH will review and coordinate the selection of Faces. Consideration will be given not just to the stories told but also to ensuring that as a group, the Faces represent a range of people, mental illnesses and stories from across Canada. A short list of candidates will be developed based on submitted nominations. Those short-listed will then be invited to a telephone meeting. The purpose of the telephone meeting is to ensure that candidates fully understand and are comfortable with the Faces role and to answer any questions they may have.