May 27, 2020 – The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) is pleased to announce that Ellen Cohen, National Coordinator of the National Network for Mental Health (NNMH) will join CAMIMH as the new Co-Chair. Cohen is stepping into the position alongside Co-Chair, Florence Budden, who is a past President of the Canadian Federation of Mental Health Nurses.
Cohen has a long career in advocacy, social work and the mental health arena. She has a degree in sociology and social welfare and has previously held positions with different levels of government as a social service worker. Over the last 27 years, she has worked within the Mental Health Consumer-Survivor Movement.
“I was inspired to run for the CAMIMH Co-Chair to ensure that the voice of lived experience is present in the work of CAMIMH and in Canada,” said Cohen. “I look forward to working with CAMIMH members and our like-minded partners to achieve mental health parity in Canada.”
As a long-time member of the National Network for Mental Health (NNMH), Cohen has served as a board member and transitioned into the role of National Coordinator. Over the past few years, she has worked with CAMIMH as the National Coordinator of the NNMH.
“I am very excited to have Ellen as the new Co-Chair as she brings decades of real-world experience with her that will be invaluable in furthering CAMIMH’s goals,” said Budden.
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.