April 30, 2021 (Ottawa)—The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) has opened its online portal for nominations for the 2021 Champions of Mental Health Awards. The Champions Awards is an annual gala devoted to recognizing outstanding individuals and organizations for their contributions to mental health. Due to COVID-19 precautions, the gala will be held virtually this fall.
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 their 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 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 Champions Awards are an opportunity for us to highlight some of the great work being done to raise awareness and end the stigma around mental health by celebrating some exceptional leaders here in Canada,” said Ellen Cohen, CAMIMH co-chair.
“It is the work and actions of Canadians from every corner of this country and from every walk of life that will ultimately make a difference in the mental health arena,” said Florence Budden, CAMIMH co-chair. “We want to recognize and honour those Canadians making a difference every day.”
CAMIMH encourages Canadians to nominate their peers by completing the online nomination form. To nominate a Champion, please visit camimh.ca. Submissions will be accepted until June 30, 2021. The virtual awards will be held virtually on October 5, 2021 during Mental Illness Awareness Week (Oct 4-8, 2021).
CAMIMH would like to recognize its sponsors who make the Champions Awards a success each year: Bell Let’s Talk (Gold Sponsor), the Mental Health Commission of Canada (Gold Sponsor), Lundbeck Canada Inc. (Silver Sponsor), Innovative Medicines Canada (Bronze Sponsor) and Impact Public Affairs (Silver Sponsor). We thank all that apply and will contact the winners by the end of July.
As a national alliance, CAMIMH continues to advocate a strong role for the federal government to continue to invest in mental health, including achieving mental health parity. For more information, please visit our website at camimh.ca.
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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