T.A.M.I. and Partner Organizations Recognized for Excellence with Mental Health Commission of Canada’s National Partnership Award
The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) created the MHCC’s 5th Anniversary National Mental Health Awards to recognize programs, projects and initiatives across the country that are having a profound influence on our mental health system.
On October 18th, CMHA Durham announced that on October 16, 2012 in Ottawa, the Durham Talking About Mental Illness (TAMI) Coalition, a multiple award winning program celebrating 10 years in Durham Region, was the proud recipient of the MHCC National Partnership Award. The Canadian Mental Health Association Durham (CMHA Durham) has been a devoted partner organization of the Durham TAMI Coalition since its inception in 2002 and has provided the speaker training to date.
The Durham TAMI Coalition is a partnership between a group of mental health service providers and school boards, to educate students and school professionals about mental health issues. Partners on the Coalition include:
- CMHA Durham
- Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
- Lakeridge Health/Pinewood Centre
- The Youth Centre
- Durham District School Board
- Durham District Catholic School Board
- Resources for Exceptional Children and Youth
- Durham Mental Health Services
- Durham Family Court Clinic
- Distress Centre
- Frontenac Youth Services
- Kawartha Pineridge District School Board
- Peterborough Victoria Northumberland Clarington Catholic District School Board.
The Coalition also partners with ‘Opening Minds’ of MHCC.
Coalition work includes a speaker series whereby people with lived experience in mental health issues deliver talks about their illness and recovery. The program spreads awareness, acceptance, and hope in our communities.
Since 2002, the Coalition has provided contact-based mental health education to more than 25,000 students and professionals locally and nationally. The Coalition has wide representation from sectors including health, mental health, education, youth justice, addictions, child and family treatment centres, special needs, people with lived experience of mental health issues and illnesses, and students.
Visit www.TAMIdurham.ca or www.durham.cmha.ca for more information.
Durham TAMI “...is a multi-sector mental health focused partnership that has achieved positive impact for children and youth and its partner organizations.” - Mental Health Commission of Canada
MHCC Awards-Related information: www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/english/pages/default.aspx and www.youtube.com/user/1MHCC
Submitted by Christina Papadopoulos
Health Promotion, Public Relations Coordinator, CMHA Durham
What do you think?
The Central East LHIN is currently developing its 2013-16 Integrated Health Service Plan. One of the four PROPOSED Strategic Aims says that we should strengthen the system of supports for people with Mental Health and Addiction issues so they spend 15,000 more days at home in their communities by 2016.
The T.A.M.I. Coalition is a good example of how providers and people with lived experience can educate the general public and especially students in order to reduce stigma and build awareness, acceptance and hope.
We're asking for your feedback on whether these AIMS resonate with you.
Please visit the IHSP page on the website to learn more about the PROPOSED Strategic Aims and to complete a short survey.