The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) has named Central Nova MP Sean Fraser as the winner in the Parliamentarian category its 2019 Champions of Mental Health.
The volunteer-run organization is a nonprofit founded in 1998 that includes health care providers and organizations that represent individuals living with mental illness and their families and caregivers. CAMIMH works to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, and to improve access to quality care and support.
In its citation for MP Fraser, CAMIMH said he “is a long-time supporter of community-driven initiatives that care for vulnerable people who are at increased risk and living with mental illness. He is a champion of mental health initiatives with a focus on the Operational Stress Injuries and PTSD of veterans and first responders. He has been a strong supporter of Bill C-211 to develop a national framework on mental health for veterans and first responders. Sean speaks annually at Helping the Helpers which seeks to dispel the myths around PTSD. Sean continues to work with his federal and provincial counterparts to secure an investment in a mental health clinic for veterans in Nova Scotia.”
CAMIMH will be presenting its awards at a gala dinner on May 7 in Ottawa.