Each year the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) recognizes 7 Canadians whose work has helped to advance the mental health agenda across the country. These remarkable people are recognized at our annual Champions of Mental Health Awards Gala.
This year, nominations will be accepted in the following categories:
The Sharon Johnston Champion of Mental Health Award for Youth – Any Canadian 21 and younger who has shown leadership in his or her community in promoting mental health and/or mental illness awareness, or any organization dedicated to providing services for youth
Media – Any media personality or outlet who has contributed to public awareness of mental health
or mental illness
Workplace Mental Health – Any employer or employee who has contributed to creating a mentally healthy workplace for staff
Community Organization – Any organization that has provided great public service to community members experiencing mental illness
Community Individual – Any person, who through personal commitment, has increased awareness about mental illness or reduced stigma in his or her community
Parliamentarian – Any provincial, territorial, or federal Parliamentarian who has advanced the mental health agenda in Canada
Innovation – Researcher or Clinician – An innovative person or organization that through their work has advanced the mental health agenda in Canada
The 2020 Champions of Mental Health Award Recipients
Sharon Johnston Champion of Mental Health Award for Youth:
Justin Langan (Swan River, MB)
Justin is a 21-year-old Métis youth who is heavily involved with Indigenous youth advocacy and mental health initiatives. In 2016, Justin traveled to Ottawa to bring a Métis perspective to a report being drafted by the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Currently he is the Chair of the Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF) Northwest Métis Youth Advisory Committee as well as the Northwest representative on the MMF Provincial Youth Advisory Committee. Justin also participates in the Manitoba Association of Friendship Centres’ Youth Engagement Committee and was a youth representative with the RCMP National Youth Advisory Council. Justin is currently producing an Elder/youth interview series for the Northwest Métis Council. Justin has been personally affected by the toll mental illness has on youth and has made it his mission to help create a better understanding of mental health and to develop better opportunities for healing across Canada, especially for Indigenous youth.