MIAW is an annual national public education campaign designed to help open the eyes of Canadians to the reality of mental illness. One of MIAW’s major initiatives is the Faces of Mental Illness campaign, a national outreach campaign featuring the stories of Canadians living in recovery from mental illness.
MHCC activities during MIAW include:
October 4—The Faces of Mental Illness Breakfast
Louise Bradley, President and CEO of the MHCC, will join the CAMIMH members, the Faces, Members of Parliament and prominent decision maker to express support for current mental health initiatives and engage in a discussion on the need for increased access to mental health services for all Canadians. Louise Bradley will address those assembled. Also noteworthy, Samuel Breau, an MHCC employee who is sharing his story of recovery as one of the 2016 Faces, will join CAMIMH members for meetings with Parliamentarians after the breakfast.
October 4—Headstrong Summit in Calgary Alberta
The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), in collaboration with Mount Royal University, is hosting an inaugural HEADSTRONG summit for First Nations, Métis and rural students featuring acclaimed First Nation’s rap artist Drezus. HEADSTRONG is a national youth anti-stigma campaign created by Opening Minds, the MHCC’s anti-stigma initiative. It gives Canadian youth the encouragement, knowledge, and tools they need to mobilize youth across the country to confront mental health stigma head-on. MHCC organizes summits bring together youth from across the country who are committed to — and excited about — creating positive change. The Alberta Headstrong summit was made possible with support from Alberta Health Services, Regional Collaborative Service Delivery organizations, Human Resources of Alberta Health Services and other partners.
October 5—Optimizing the Canadian Health Workforce Conference
Louise Bradley, President and CEO of the MHCC, will join Kevin Kelloway, Canadian Research Chair in Occupational Health Psychology and Bill Tholl, CEO of HealthCareCAN on a mental health workforce panel to highlight the success of the innovative National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard). Championed by the MHCC, and developed by the Canadian Standards Association and the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ), the Standard is a voluntary set of guidelines, tools and resources focused on promoting employees’ psychological health and preventing psychological harm due to workplace factors.
What can you do during MIAW?
The MHCC encourages everyone to spread the message of hope and recovery. Learn more about recovery by reading the Guidelines for Recovery-Oriented Practice and sign Declaration of Commitment to Recovery.