MIAW- New Faces, New Stories
What is the Faces Campaign? The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) is pleased to invite nominations for its 2014 Faces of Mental Illness campaign. For the past 12 years, CAMIMH has been proud to organize and host the courage of Canadians who have stepped up in determination and in hopes of becoming a Face of Mental Illness. They have come to the campaign with their unique and diverse stories and backgrounds showing Canadians that mental illness has many Faces – faces that are recognizable to us all. CAMIMH’s Faces campaign created the first organized opportunity for Canadians to convene a very public discussion about mental illness; discussion which is critical to creating awareness and decreasing stigma.
How to nominate a Face for 2014? CAMIMH is very pleased to receive nominations for its 2014 campaign. Self-nominations are welcomed. If nominating someone else, please verify that the person you are nominating is agreeable to the nomination. On the following form describe your or their mental health journey. Tell us about what you experienced, what has made your journey difficult and what has made it easier. Tell us where you have been, where you are now and where you hope to go in your journey. Feel free to let us know who or what has helped you in your journey and what, in your view, is critical to recovery when it comes to mental illness.
What do Faces do? If selected as a Face for 2014, you will have an opportunity to tell your story to Canada through public service announcements (PSAs) developed by CAMIMH and aired over a variety of media outlets in October 2014. You will also be invited to a celebratory event in Ottawa in October during Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) as well as advocacy meetings on Parliament Hill, designed to continue public discussion about mental health and mental illness. In addition, you will be invited to attend CAMIMH’s 2015 Champion’s Gala and to participate in Bell Canada’s 2015 Let’s Talk Campaign.
How are the Faces selected? A selection committee from CAMIMH will review and coordinate the selection of Faces. Consideration will be given not just to the stories told but also to ensuring that as a group, the 2014 Faces represent a range of people, mental illnesses and stories from across Canada. A short list of candidates will be developed based on submitted nominations. Those short-listed will then be invited to a telephone meeting. The purpose of the telephone meeting is to ensure that candidates fully understand and are comfortable with the Faces role and to answer any questions they may have.
Questions? Please contact Kalene DeBaeremaeker by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (613) 233-8906.
Nominations for the 2014 Faces of Mental Illness campaign are now closed. Thank you to all those who participated. The 5 Faces of Mental Illness will be notified in early July.