Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health Launches Champions of Mental Health 2022 Campaign

Annual campaign recognizes exceptional Canadians who make a significant contribution to mental health awareness in Canada

Ottawa, Ontario–(Newsfile Corp. – April 26, 2022) – The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) has opened its online portal for nominations for the 2022 Champions of Mental Health Awards. This annual awareness and education campaign is dedicated to recognizing outstanding individuals and organizations for their contributions to mental health awareness and action in Canada.

This year, nominations will be accepted in the following categories:

  1. Sharon Johnston Youth Mental Health Champion Award – Any Canadian 21 and under who has demonstrated leadership in their community in promoting mental health and/or mental illness awareness, or any organization dedicated to providing services to youth
  2. Media – Any media or media personality who has contributed to public awareness of mental health or mental illness
  3. Mental health in the workplace – Any employer or employee who has contributed to creating a mentally healthy workplace for staff
  4. Community organization – Any organization that has provided an excellent public service to community members with mental illness
  5. Community Individual – Anyone who, through personal commitment, has increased awareness of mental illness or reduced stigma in their community
  6. Parliamentary – Any provincial, territorial or federal parliamentarian who has advanced the mental health agenda in Canada
  7. Innovation- Researcher or clinician A innovative person or organization who, through their work, has advanced the mental health agenda in Canada

“Each year, we are honored to celebrate seven exceptional Canadians who have made a difference in their community. Our Champions are helping to end the stigma around mental illness and make Canada a more tolerant and understanding place,” said Ellen Cohen, Co-Chair.

“After more than two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to celebrate those who have made a difference to ensure that mental illness is less stigmatized and it is so important to recognize and honor the Canadians who make a difference every day,” said Florence Budden, CAMIMH Champions Chair.

CAMIMH encourages Canadians to nominate their peers by completing the online nomination form. To nominate a champion, please visit Submissions will be accepted until June 30, 2022. To celebrate this year’s Champions and the Champions of the past two years, CAMIMH plans to host the in-person Awards Gala during Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 2-9, 2022).

CAMIMH wishes to acknowledge the success of its partners who make Champions Awards every year: Bell Let’s Talk (Gold Partner), the Canadian Association of Credit Unions (Bronze Partner) and Impact Public Affairs (Silver Partner). We thank all who apply and will contact the winners by the end of July.

As a national alliance, CAMIMH continues to advocate for an important role for the federal government to continue investing in mental health, including achieving mental health parity. For more information, please visit our website at

Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health Launches Champions of Mental Health 2022 Campaign

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Founded in 1998, the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) is an alliance of national mental health organizations made up of health care providers and organizations representing people 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 people with lived experience of mental illness and their families receive appropriate access to care and support.

For more information please contact:
Sophie Normand
[email protected] | 613-407-4294

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