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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Coin Gives a Boost to Mental Health in Canada – $25,000

On a sunny Saturday last September, Prince Harry took a tour of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in downtown Toronto, Canada’s largest mental illness and addiction hospital. As he listened to staff describe leading research – an issue he champions – he agreed there was no one “silver bullet” treatment.

“I have heard directly from people who met him how they were moved by his sincerity, passion and eagerness to learn,” says Deborah Gillis, CAMH’s new president and CEO of Prince Harry’s 2017 visit. “He listened attentively to stories from patients who sought treatment at CAMH. He showed them they were important and valued.”

Considering his very public mental health advocacy in recent years, perhaps it’s only fitting that on May 9, 2018 CAMH became the location for the unveiling of the Royal Canadian Mint’s coin celebrating Prince Harry’s marriage to Ms. Meghan Markle. In keeping with the couple’s wishes to donate money to charities rather than give wedding gifts (one gets the feeling they already have a blender), Kensington Palace requested that the Mint donate the coin’s royalty fee, $25,000, to the CAMH Foundation.

Prince Harry isn’t the only royal to show an interest in mental illness, which affects one in five Canadians. His mother, Princess Diana, visited CAMH in 1991 to meet with youth patients too.


In the workplace

More recently, royals, non-royals and even workplaces have moved mental health to the forefront as it becomes a topic more people are willing to talk about. And for good reason. According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, in a typical week, 500,000 Canadians are unable to work due to psychological issues. What’s more, annual workplace losses due to mental health concerns are estimated to be $20 billion.

The decision to donate the commemorative coin’s royalty fee to CAMH reflects the values of the Mint too. In 2016 we launched a psychological health in the workplace program after noticing an increase in employee injuries in the plant, despite the fact that processes and hazards hadn’t changed. People were also off work longer.

“We knew that mental health was likely a factor,” says Jennifer Richardson, director of corporate health, safety and environment.


Mental health first aid

Soon, 260 managers and first responders at the Mint were trained in mental health first aid, giving them the skills to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, provide initial assistance and offer guidance for getting professional help.

It paid off. In the first year, trainees were providing assistance to colleagues in need of someone to talk to, and more employees were accessing counseling through the Mint’s employee and family assistance program.


Commemorate the Royal Wedding of HRH Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle

Prince Harry popped the question last November. Now join the millions of Canadians and many more worldwide who celebrated the Royal Wedding on May 19, 2018.

Canada’s official Royal Wedding commemorative $20 fine silver coin, designed by Canadian artist Joel Kimmel, displays a finely engraved portrait of the Royal couple based on official engagement photos.

Three Swarovski® crystals, which represent Meghan Markle’s engagement ring diamonds, add a special sparkle, while Canadian maple leaves, English roses, and escallop shells from Prince Harry’s coat of arms add ornamental flourish.

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