If you know someone who went out of their way to support the mental health of their neighbours, friends or community during the pandemic, you can nominate them for a new national award.
The Pandemic Heroes – Standing Up for Mental Health program aims to celebrate the efforts of individuals, businesses and groups.
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) and Ontario Shores came together to launch the event.
Nominations are open now for five categories.
The ‘Caring Partner’ award will go to a private business which went above and beyond to support essential workers.
There are two awards for individuals. The ‘Community Leader’ award is for those 19 and older and ‘Inspiring Youth’ is for anyone under 19.
The other categories honour healthcare heroes and essential businesses.
“Our community has supported our efforts to continuously provide mental health care during the pandemic and we know that spirit has flourished across the country,” noted Karim Mamdani, President and CEO of Ontario Shores. “We are proud to partner with CMHA and the MHCC to celebrate the efforts to care for one another during this unique time.”
“This past year has reinforced that we all have a role to play in supporting the mental wellness of those around us,” said Michel Rodrigue, President and CEO of the MHCC. “Recognizing those individuals and organizations who took that support one step further is an important reminder that you don’t need to be a mental health professional to make a real difference, and you don’t need to wear a cape to be a hero.”
Nominations will be accepted until August 27.
Winners will be recognized at a national gala this December.