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The Faces of Mental Illness Know,
it’s Time for ACT!ON Mental Health for 2014
(Ottawa, Ontario) July 8th. Today, the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) announced the five Canadians selected for the 12th annual Faces of Mental Illness campaign. CAMIMH received more than 50 unique nominations from across the country.
“The Faces of Mental Illness are incredibly brave and inspiring individuals,” commented Florence Budden, CAMIMH Campaign Chair 2014. “Each one of them has a unique story and they are all willing to speak openly and honestly about their experiences with mental illness to help others who might be struggling silently.”
Throughout the next year, the five Faces will take part in events across the country to raise awareness about mental health and to eliminate stigma. Each one of them embody the 2014 Mental Illness Awareness Week theme ACT!ON Mental Health.
The Faces of Mental Illness campaign is sponsored by Bell as part of the Bell Let’s Talk mental health initiative. The stories of the Faces of Mental Illness will be featured on posters, postcards and bookmarks distributed to Canadians across the country. Also, they will be featured in a national public service announcements aired across Canada as well as mini-documentaries which will be shared with parliamentarians during a marquee Breakfast on Parliament Hill. The participation of the Faces in a national media outreach campaign is another important element. The Faces share their stories and carry on the vital mental health conversation in this country.
This year’s Faces of Mental Illness 2014 are:
mental illness, or her recovery. She is open and honest to help demystify mental illness for all Canadians.
experience with mental illness publicly. Mark successfully battled this stigma and now speaks to thousands following a very successful presentation through TEDxToronto about his experience with suicide.
Youth Council. Jack strongly believes that all Canadians have mental health and that we owe it to ourselves to open up and talk about it.
isn’t always straightforward, but you can get there. To help others in the community he founded SpeakBOX, a developing program inspired by the voices of youth and young people. SpeakBOX is creating a synergy between mental and physical health to improve client experiences and outcomes.
Canadians can now order free posters, postcards, bookmarks and silicone bracelets featuring the stories of the Faces of Mental Illness for 2014, while engaging Canadians in a public conversation about mental health.
“We are proud to share these stories through the Faces of Mental Illness campaign. It is CAMIMH’s hope that by hearing from people who have experienced mental illness and found recovery, we can eliminate the stigma that persists and also convince legislators to make mental health a priority,” concluded Budden.
To learn more about the campaign, or to order campaign materials, please visit www.camimh.ca. CAMIMH would once again like to thank their generous sponsors who make this campaign possible: Bell Let’s Talk, Lundbeck Canada Inc., The Mental Health Commission of Canada and Canada’s Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D).
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