Canadian Initiatives Honoured for Contribution to Mental Health System

October 23, 2012
Ottawa, Ontario, October 17, 2012 – The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) presented six Canadian organizations with awards for their contributions to improving the lives of people living with a mental health issue or mental illness on Tuesday evening. Another four received honourable mentions during the MHCC’s 5th Anniversary National Mental Health Awards in Ottawa, Ontario.
Mental Health Commission of CanadaMental Health Commission of Canada. Commission de la santé mentale du Canda.

“It’s an honour to present these awards to the people and initiatives across Canada making a difference,” says MHCC President and CEO Louise Bradley. “The inspiring work of these award winners is part of a collective desire to improve mental health for all Canadians. Through efforts like theirs, we are learning more about mental health and about how to meet the needs of people living with mental health issues and mental illnesses,” she says.

Awards were handed out in the following categories; Community Capacity, Partnership, Research Project, Social Innovation and Workplace.

The MHCC’s 5th Anniversary National Mental Health Awards coincide with the half way point in the MHCC’s 10‐year mandate.

“Tonight’s award recipients demonstrate the power of shared knowledge and passion in action. They are leading examples of the outstanding work being done across Canada — and of the potential that can be realized in every community, province and territory,” says David Goldbloom, MD, who presented awards to recipients along with Bradley.

Award applications were sought last February for initiatives based in Canada that demonstrated leadership, creativity and commitment in advancing our collective understanding of mental health problems and mental illnesses.

The applications were adjudicated by a panel of experts representing a wide range of experience, including people with lived experience of mental health problems or mental illnesses, retired executives, caregivers, mental health professionals, and academics.

View as PDF with complete list of winners.

For more information, or to set up an interview, please contact:
Communications and Public Affairs
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
905-430-4055 ext. 4001