The Mental Illness Awareness Week blog, sharing stories of recovery, personal experiences, and mental health/mental illness news.



Welcome to the new Mental Illness Awareness Week blog!

As Chair of the MIAW Committee, and a member of the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH), I am proud to be the first to contribute to this exciting new feature of our annual campaign.

Here, you will find news and updates on the current MIAW campaign, as well as relevant news articles that expand the discussion on mental illness and mental health. You will also read guest posts from CAMIMH members and others within the mental health community, discussing a variety of topics surrounding mental illness and mental health, MIAW and the state and progress of mental health advocacy in Canada.

The MIAW blog will also provide a forum for the Faces of Mental Illness and Champions of Mental Health. Faces and Champions, past and present will share their stories and insights on the status of mental health in our country. As part of our effort to open the eyes of Canadians to mental illness, we also hope to feature the untold stories of thousands of Canadians who have struggled with mental illness and have emerged as symbols of hope in their communities.

The discussion that takes place here will reflect the message that Recovery is Possible.


Kathleen A. Provost

Chair, MIAW Committee
Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health

Mental Illness Awareness Week is coordinated by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health – an alliance of mental health care providers, the mentally ill and their families. MIAW is CAMIMH’s national campaign to address the stigma faced by persons with a lived experience of mental illness and their families. It helps open the eyes of Canadians to the need for appropriate access to