13 sept. 2010 10h31 HE

Le troisième timbre sur la santé mentale permet d'amasser des fonds pour des organismes communautaires de santé mentale

Près de 600 000 $ ont servi à financer des organismes communautaires sans but lucratif

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 13, 2010) - Canada Post has issued its third annual fundraising stamp in support of mental health. Canada Post's two previous Mental Health fundraising stamps have generated nearly $600,000 in funding for non-profit, community based programming that supports individuals and families coping with mental illness. The 2010 stamp features a mental health patient on the path towards recovery. A tree—the universal symbol of growth, healing and renewal—stands at the summit of a mountain.

As with the previous mental health stamps, a dollar from every booklet sold supports the Canada Post Foundation for Mental Health. Over the last two years the Foundation has distributed $2.5 million in grants to community groups in every region of Canada that provide front-line help to people living with mental illness.

"Mental illness can be far-reaching, but there is hope of recovery," says Jim Phillips, Canada Post's director of stamp services. "We're incredibly proud of what this stamp is accomplishing. The goal of this year's campaign is to raise $2 million and we're sure this new stamp will contribute a good portion to the cause."

Canada Post made mental health its cause of choice in 2007. Since then, customers, employees, suppliers and the public have raised more than $2.5 million for the Foundation. Nearly $600,000 of that was from sales of the 2008 and 2009 mental health stamps.

Lowe-Martin is printing 4 million of the 2010 stamps, which will be sold in booklets of 10 stamps. Measuring 24.75 mm x 35.25 mm (vertical), the stamps will be printed using seven-colour lithography on Tullis Russell paper and tagged on all sides. The Official First Day Cover will bear an Ottawa, Ontario cancel to note the location of the Foundation's headquarters.