Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Canada Mental Health FDC

Canada FDC
Name: Mental Health (Semi-postal Stamp)
Date of Issue: 06 October 2008

One in five Canadians will experience some form of mental illness over the course of their lives. Many more will be affected by the illness of a family member, friend or colleague. Today, mental health issues are beginning to be addressed with greater understanding and less fear, an approach that is increasing access to treatment and diminishing the stigma of mental illness. The release of this semi-postal stamp coincides with Mental Illness Awareness Week, which aims to shed light on the many challenges faced by those dealing with the impact of mental illness. While much progress has been achieved, there still is much to be done to ensure that all Canadians living with mental illness have the resources and support to lead fuller and more independent lives. This is why mental health is Canada Post's Cause of Choice – and why we have initiated the Canada Post Foundation fro Mental Health.

The digitally-enhanced photograph on the stamp features a figure stepping out of the shadows, using a mega-phone to broadcast the plight of mental health patients. The stamp cancellation site will be Ottawa, as the city is home to the Foundation's headquarters.

Comment: This is the 3rd series semi-postal stamps in Canada history. The 1st series were issued between 1974 and 1976 to support the Olympic Games in Montreal, and the 2nd series was issued in 1996 to support literacy in Canada.

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