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August 1, 2022

CIPSRT opens nominations for the 2022 Champions of Mental Health Award

In 2021, CIPSRT began its Champions of Mental Health awards program with a call for nominations. We were flooded with responses, receiving over 200 nominations. Ultimately, 20 inaugural Champions were selected, representing every public safety sector across Canada. Due to the overwhelming success of the 2021 Champions of Mental Health award program, we are excited to announce its return for a second year! Nominations will open on August 2nd.

At CIPSRT we know that there are more remarkable Champions of Mental Health out there, and we want to hear about them. Anyone can nominate a Champion! Leaders, co-workers, family, friends, if you know someone who is making a difference toward the mental health and well-being of people in their PSP organizations, please nominate them.

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

  • 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 innovative mental health resource and initiatives
  • Creation of new training resources
  • Commitment to decreasing mental health stigma
  • Activities as a peer supporter or member of a reintegration team

Mental Health Champions are passionate and genuine, and they ‘walk the talk’ when it comes to supporting the mental health and well-being of everyone in the organization. 

My experience being a Champion has been both gratifying and humbling. While I see myself as no one special and the advocacy, public speaking, and writing I do comes from a place that just feels natural to me, the acknowledgement of my passion was something I never expected but am so grateful for. Not only was it an award, it was a chance to engage with peers from across the country who are doing so many amazing things,” said Sharon Bak, 2021 Champion of Mental Health

Anyone within a public safety organization, sworn or civilian, can 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 2- Sept 18, 2022.  If you know a Champion of Mental Health, nominate them today!

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As part of the National Research Consortium, CIPSRT serves as the Knowledge Exchange Hub for knowledge synthesis, translation, and exchange that relies upon the best contemporary research evidence supporting an overall mission to help current and former public safety personnel, their leaders, and their families to maintain and improve their mental health and well-being. For more on CIPSRT, please visit:

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