MIAW 2013 – New Faces, New Stories
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Mental Illness Awareness Week is October 6- 12, 2013
Nearly one in five Canadians is affected by mental illness, yet a persistent stigma prevents millions from getting the help they need. The continuing theme of Mental Illness Awareness Week – Face Mental Illness – is designed to change that.
By sharing their stories, the courageous “faces” of our campaign are helping bring mental illness out from the shadows. Their experiences are proof that through proper diagnosis, treatment and awareness, people with mental illnesses can live productive and fulfilling lives.
The Faces of Mental Illness for 2013 are:
A student from Surrey, British Columbia and the youngest ever speaker for the Speakers Bureau with the Mood Disorders Association of British Columbia.
A social worker, a wife and a mother from Dauphin, Manitoba who advocates for family support as part of the healing process from mental illness.
A former Crown Ward from Burlington, Ontario who inspires youth through his extensive advocacy work.
A blogger and researcher for a local radio show about mental health, from Montreal, Quebec.
An award-winning Nova Scotian actor-turned-politician with 17 years of recovery from substance abuse, who uses her creativity to empower her community while helping others who still struggle with their addictions.