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Champions of Mental Health Nomination 2023

In 2021, CIPSRT put out a call for its inaugural Champions of Mental Health awards program. In response, we received over 200 nominations from public safety sectors across Canada. We have been overwhelmed by the eagerness of people to hold up their peers as positive examples of those working toward actively improving the mental health of people in their organizations.

In that spirit, we’re happy to announce that the nomination period for our 2023 Champions of Mental Health awards is officially open!

We know that there are more incredible Champions of Mental Health out there, and we want to hear about them. If you know someone who is making a difference toward the mental health and wellbeing of people in their public safety organizations, please nominate them.

To be considered a Champion, a nominee will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Commitment to evidence-based/evidence-informed practice
  • Impact on the mental health of their organization and community (i.e. changes or improvements they have been able to make)
  • Number of people positively affected by their mental health efforts
  • Willingness to speak about their mental health journey
  • Creation of mental health and wellbeing resources and/or programming
  • Commitment to decreasing mental health stigma
  • Activities as a peer supporter or member of a reintegration team

Mental Health Champions are passionate and genuine when it comes to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of everyone in the organization. 

Anyone within a public safety organization, sworn or civilian, may be nominated for recognition by CIPSRT as a Champion of Mental Health. To be considered, a nominee must work for one of CIPSRT’s recognized Canadian public safety sectors:

  • Border Services
  • Corrections
  • Public Safety Communicators (911, dispatch)
  • Firefighters (including volunteer)
  • Emergency Managers
  • Operational Intelligence personnel
  • Police
  • Paramedics
  • Search and Rescue personnel (including volunteer)

This year, the nomination period will run from August 8 – September 19, 2023. Shortlisted nominations will be shared with a selection committee comprised of CIPSRT staff, PSP leadership, and previous Champions. The award recipients will be announced in December 2023. To give your nominee the best chance for this recognition, please provide detailed responses on the nomination form (incomplete forms will not be reviewed).

Mental Health Champions will receive:

  • A limited-edition CIPSRT gold challenge coin
  • A certificate of recognition
  • CIPSRT swag
  • National recognition for their efforts on CIPSRT’s website and social media
  • Invitation to CIPSRT’s Champions of Mental Health virtual forums.

Read more about our 2021 and 2022 Champions of Mental Health.

Nomination period is closed for 2023.

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