Brian's Advocacy Reaches New Heights

Brian RoseBrian Rose has become a passionate advocate for people living with complex mental illnesses like schizophrenia.

He engages with fellow patients, shares his story with staff, volunteers and community partners. Now, Brian is in communities talking about his life living with mental illness before he received the help he needed and the tragedy that eventually lead him to the forensic mental health system and, ultimately, a second chance at life.

Brian began his work as a patient advocate at Ontario Shores. He’s now making an impact across Canada after having been named one of five 2017 Faces of Mental Illness by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH). CAMIMH consists of 17 organizations that represent people with lived experience of mental health challenges, as well as professionals in the mental health field.

The Faces Campaign, which is presented by Bell Let’s Talk, is a year-long campaign which sees ‘Faces’ participate in events that will help educate Canadians about living with mental illness, and the importance of mental health for all Canadians. As part of the campaign, Brian participated in a Public Service Announcement and met with decision-makers in Ottawa during Mental Illness Awareness Week last month. He has also participated in several media interviews to share his story and message of hope.

CAMIMH – Brian Rose (video)

2017 Faces of Mental Illness PSA (video)

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