Celebrating Mental Illness Awareness Week 2019

Ottawa, Tuesday, October 8, 2019

This week through October 12, Canadians from coast to coast to coast are taking part in Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW). MIAW is an annual national public education campaign by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) designed to help open the eyes of Canadians to the reality of mental illness.

This year’s theme of connectivity illustrates that meaningful connections with nature, physical health, family, friends, resources, and services providers, are a central component on the journey to recovery. CAMIMH will also encourage Canadians to work together to treat mental illness like any other illness to ensure everyone can get the help they need to move forward with their lives.

Individuals, mental health organizations and companies around Canada will celebrate MIAW by taking part in programming, advocacy and conversation throughout the week to raise awareness of and end the stigma associated with mental illness.

Meet the 2019-2020 Faces of Mental Illness

One of the major initiatives of MIAW is the Faces of Mental Illness campaign. Presented by Bell Let’s Talk, the Faces campaign features the stories of 5 Canadians who are living with mental illness and underlines the importance of proper diagnosis and treatment. By sharing their stories, the Faces of Mental Illness help to raise awareness and end the stigma associated with mental illness.

The 2019-2020 Faces of Mental Illness are:

Jillian Brown (Squamish, BC)

Anita Manley (Ottawa, ON)

Donovan Taplin (Bell Island, NL)

Onika Dainty (Toronto, ON)

Mélissa Néron (Jonquière, QC)

To learn more about each of the Faces, please visit our website

To learn more about MIAW or CAMIMH, please visit www.camimh.ca

Pictured above: CAMIMH 2019-2020 Faces of Mental Illness