People with mental illnesses come from all walks of life. They can be a former cabinet minister, a rock star, a radio host or an archbishop.
These are some of the people who have received the Mental Health Voices Award, given annually to an individual who has shown courage, raised awareness or encouraged acceptance and help for others with mental illness.
Past winners have included CBC broadcaster Shelagh Rogers, Rafe Mair, rocker Matthew Good and Raymond Roussin, former archbishop of Vancouver.
A video honouring this year’s winner will be shown at the Canadian Mental Health Association mid-Island’s Mental Health Voices breakfast on Oct. 6 at the Hope Lutheran Church, 2174 Departure Bay Rd, from 7:30-8:30 a.m.
Bob Simpson, association board president, said the goal of the breakfast is to raise funds and also awareness of the difference the organization makes in the lives of people affected by mental illness.
Cost to attend the breakfast is $10 and all proceeds support association programs.
The Mental Health Voices Breakfast is one of many events hosted by the CMHA in communities throughout B.C. during Mental Health Awareness Week, Oct. 3-9.
Please call 250-616-0577 or visit www.midisland.cmha.bc.ca.