CAMH Foundation

CAMH Foundation

February 05, 2010 09:47 ET

CAMH Foundation Calls for Inspirational Stories of Overcoming Mental Health And/Or Addictions

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 5, 2010) - Do you know of someone in our community whose story of overcoming mental illness and/or addiction is an inspiration to others?

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Foundation is calling for nominees for its Transforming Lives Awards. The awards recognize people in our community who have overcome the extraordinary challenges of living with mental illness and/or addiction.

"There are many amazing stories in our community of people who have overcome enormous challenges because of mental health and addictions," said Darrell Louise Gregersen, President and CEO, CAMH Foundation. "Transforming Lives is an opportunity for all of us to recognize those individuals for their courage and strength."

Criteria for nominations include: overcoming challenges of living with mental health and/ or addictions; supporting others in their struggles; influencing people's behaviours about mental health and/or addictions; serving as a model of hope and inspiration to others. Nominations will be accepted until Feb. 22.

From a pool of about 100 nominees, several will be selected to receive a Transforming Lives Award during a fundraising gala on May 26 at CAMH's Queen Street facility.

"This is a signature event, one of the most significant mental health celebrations in the country," said Gregersen. "The event, which this year will be held for the first time at CAMH, is being transformed like our Queen Street location to showcase the cause and encourage engagement in CAMH."

The event is being co-chaired by broadcaster Valerie Pringle and Dr. David Goldbloom, Senior Medical Advisor, Education & Public Affairs, CAMH. This year's gala will also include video presentations by leading documentary/film producer, Gordon Henderson, of 90th Parallel Productions.

"It wasn't too long ago that stigma prevented us from speaking openly about mental health and addictions. By recognizing those who are on the road to recovery and their accomplishments, we are demonstrating our commitment to eliminating shame and ending stigma," said Dr. Goldbloom.

Last year the Transforming Lives Awards hosted 800 guests and raised $600,000. Funds raised go toward the CAMH Foundation's Transforming Lives Campaign, which will inject $100 million into CAMH's Redevelopment and change how mental illness and addiction is diagnosed, treated and understood.

For more information about the nomination process, or to nominate someone, please visit or call 416-535-8501 ext. 6169 or 1-800-414-0471.

About CAMH

CAMH is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, and one of the world's leading research centres in the area of addiction and mental health. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development, prevention and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction issues.

Contact Information

  • CAMH Foundation
    Karen Snider
    Communications Consultant
    416 277 7907