TORONTO, May 5, 2017 - Like many of us, the moment Dexter Nyuurnibe decided it was time to
finally open up about mental illness came from a deeply personal place.
He found his voice as an advocate and champion after being
hospitalized at the end of his third year at university.
“Talking about my mental health has helped me become a person that is
proud of being vulnerable to others,” he says.
“I believe one of the greatest strengths of humanity is our ability to
connect through our common existence. Sharing our realities of living with a
mental illness reaffirms our right to life, and reminds us that there is hope.”
Having found strength in his own journey to talking more openly about
mental health, his decision to accept the invitation to join the National
Committee of mental health advocates and experts helping to drive CAMH’s new Difference Makers – 150 Leading Canadians for Mental
Health campaign was easy
“Any small act can make a difference, and one person’s passion and
talent can make a lasting change. I got involved because I believe those that
work selflessly for the benefit of others deserve to be recognized and honored
for their commitment to change.”
CAMH Difference Makers – 150 Leading
Canadians for Mental Health is targeted at doing exactly that. It is a national campaign to nominate and celebrate Canadians making an
impact in the mental health space, whether through research, philanthropy,
advocacy, social change, or inspiration.
For his part, Dexter is especially
hopeful that the Difference Makers initiative will help create space for people
we don’t always hear from about mental health to share their stories.
“I’m excited to see
nominations from members of marginalized communities who haven’t yet been given
the recognition they deserve, namely young leaders that are people of colour,
members of our First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities and New Canadians who
are tirelessly working to change the face of mental health.”
Do you know a Difference Maker? Join Dexter
in his passion for talking more openly about mental illness by nominating and
celebrating the Canadians who are changing the course of mental health.
Visit www.camhdifferencemakers.ca and
click “Start Your Nomination” today!
To learn more about Dexter, you may wish to check out his
contributions on the U.S. based online
health blog The Mighty.
Published May 9, 2017