Almost immediately following the World Health Organization’s declaration of a global pandemic on March 11, 2020, Canadians across the country became committed to keeping each other safe from COVID-19.
As the days and months passed, the potential impact of the pandemic on the mental health of Canadians became a growing concern.
In true Canadian spirit, individuals, businesses and communities found creative and meaningful ways to support the mental health needs of their friends, neighbours and family members.
Whether it was an employer introducing virtual services to support the mental health needs of its employees, businesses making donations to support those working on the front lines or a young person organizing the creation of a rock garden to the raise the spirits of our healthcare heroes, there are multiple examples of Canadians finding ways to lift each other up during the pandemic.
We know there are countless examples of Canadians supporting their communities and promoting mental health.
Created in partnership with Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores), the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), the Pandemic Heroes – Standing Up for Mental Health awards campaign is a celebration of Canada’s collective commitment to mental health.
With five distinct categories, Pandemic Heroes is now accepting nominations to recognize the efforts of individuals and businesses from across the country.
Private business which went above and beyond to support essential service workers
Individual aged 19 or older who positively impacted the mental health of their community
Essential Service Employer
Business or organization which supported the mental health needs of their essential service employees
Individual aged 18 or younger who positively impacted the mental health of their community
Individual or team who enhanced the mental health of colleagues, patients and/or community members while continuing to provide direct patient care
Nominations will be reviewed and selected based on predetermined criteria.
Selected recipients will be recognized at the Pandemic Heroes – Standing Up for Mental Health Gala hosted by mental health advocate and former Olympic rower Silken Laumann. The Gala is scheduled for December 2, 2021 in the Vanity Fair Ballroom at OMNI King Edward Hotel in Toronto.