An advocate, a statesman and a friend
“People should be as comfortable talking about mental illness as they are talking about heart disease or diabetes.”
Michael Wilson, Vice-Chair, CAMH Foundation’s Board of Directors
In February, we lost one of our first and most vocal advocates for mental health with the passing of the Honourable Michael Wilson, Vice-Chair of CAMH Foundation’s Board of Directors.
For more than two decades, Michael had bravely and openly shared the story of his son’s death by suicide. He made it one of his life’s missions to bring mental illness out of the shadows and to eliminate prejudice and discrimination. He was one of a kind. He led our earliest fundraising efforts and worked to increase awareness and understanding of mental illness.
Michael cared deeply for his community and his country; his humanity and integrity were a beacon for us all. It’s impossible to overstate his contribution to Canada, to the cause of mental health, and to all of the lives he touched.
With his passing, Canada has lost a statesman, an advocate and a dear friend, but the conversations he ignited will continue. His message is echoed in the simple but powerful statement that “Mental Health is Health.”
His vision will continue to live on through the Michael Wilson Society, a group of forward-thinking leaders and champions of mental health committed to advancing research and treatment while addressing the stigma associated with mental illness.