Mental Illness Awareness Week provides an excellent opportunity to educate politicians and decision-makers about the impact of stigma on those living with a mental illness and the importance of making a priority of mental illness policies, programs and funding.
During Mental Illness Awareness Week, write a letter to your local representative, the federal health minister and / or your provincial health minister. Express concern about the lack of attention paid to mental health and mental illness on government agendas. Tell them your own story. Share your support for positive steps that have been taken. You may even wish to seek a face-to-face meeting with select politicians.
To support your points, you can use the Quick Facts on Mental Illness available on this website. Another useful resource, "A Call for Action: Building Consensus for a National Action Plan on Mental Illness and Mental Health" has been produced by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH).
CAMIMH would appreciate receiving a copy of your letter.
If possible, please send a copy to:
The MIAW 2011 Campaign
100 Queen Street, Suite 1300
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J9
Email: [email protected]
Parliamentarians in Ottawa
Office of the Prime Minister
Government of Canada
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2
NOTE: Letters to the Prime Minister, the federal Minister of Health and your Member of Parliament do not require a postage stamp.
Representatives in Your Area
Browse our list of provincial and territorial health ministries to find contact information for the Health Minister in your area.