Contribute to a worthy cause with this 2022 Mental Health Medal from the Royal Canadian Mint. 100% of the net proceeds go to Kids Help Phone to help ensure young people in Canada have access to mental health support in any moment of crisis or need, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Fear. Sadness. Anger. Anxiety. Depression. Now more than ever, it’s important to recognize the toll that the COVID-19 pandemic has taken on the mental health of many people in Canada. For more than a year, we’ve been asked to help our communities by staying apart; now it’s time to help each other by reaching out, speaking up and offering support—or seeking it, if needed.
The 2022 Mental Health Medal is a unique keepsake you can wear, keep or give to someone. It is a reminder that no one is truly alone, that there is someone who is willing to listen, and that your feelings do matter. With this special medal, you’re also signaling your support for mental health resources and services in Canada:
The 2022 Mental Health Medal & Magnet Design:
Proudly created by Royal Canadian Mint employees, the Mental Health Medal features two different designs recognizing the effects of the pandemic on the mental health of Canadians.
On one side of the medal, the design makes use of negative and positive space to present two overlapping silhouettes: the person on the left is opening up about their struggles, while the one on the right is actively listening. The triangles indicate each person’s state of well-being, with unorganized triangles representing fragmentation of thought and/or a state of distress; the organized pattern suggests a healthier state of mind, while missing triangles remind us there is no such thing as “perfect” mental health.
Carefully sculpted facets on both side of the conversation alter the way light is reflected whenever the coin is tilted. The effect beautifully represents the emotional dynamics of a conversation that could have a lasting, positive impact.
The second side of the medal is a stylized maple leaf. Similar to the 2020 Recognition Medal, this symbol of Canada represents our nation’s spirit, and our willingness to help each other through these difficult times. This is reinforced by the positioning of the words “mental health” to resemble the veins of the maple leaf—a powerful reminder that mental health is integral to overall good health.