(Ottawa, Ontario) April 21, 2016, Today, the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) officially launched the 14th annual Faces of Mental Illness campaign, seeking nominations from the public. The campaign focuses on five selected individuals and empowers them to share their experiences of living with mental illnesses, and finding recovery. These stories are shared through promotional materials, in profile videos and through media and political engagement.
“The Faces of Mental Illness are already advocates within their own communities and this campaign allows them to reach every single Canadian across the country. Their stories put mental health at the forefront of our priorities and are a great way to engage with the public, stakeholders and political decision makers,” said Fred Phelps, CAMIMH Campaign Chair 2016.
The Faces of Mental Illness campaign is a key component of Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) running from October 2-8, 2016. The campaign is made possible by the generous support and commitment of Bell, CAMIMH’s Presenting Sponsor, as part of the Bell Let’s Talk mental health initiative. CAMIMH would also like to recognize contributions of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (Gold Sponsor), and Lundbeck Canada (Silver Sponsor), and Innovative Medicines Canada (Bronze Sponsor).
“This campaign is about capturing Canadians’ attention with regards to mental illness. The Faces of Mental Illness are individuals who Canadians can relate to as they share their experiences of living with mental illnesses in order to reduce the stigma and help others in recovery,” concluded Phelps.
To nominate yourself or someone else for the campaign, please visit camimh.ca. Nominations will be accepted until June 3, 2016. The 2016 Faces of Mental Illness will be announced in late June.
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.
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Tel: (613) 233-8906