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Mental Health

Title

Mental Health

Denomination

P + 10¢

Date of Issue

September 7, 2010

Year

Quantity

4,000,000

Postal Administration

Canada

Perforation or Dimension

Simulated perforation

Printer

Lowe-Martin

Creators

Design/Illustration: Paprika

Hidden Date

The hidden date for this stamp can be found along the bottom edge of the stamp.

Layouts

Booklet of 10 stamps

Quantity Produced - 400,000
Original Price: $6.70
Perforation: Simulated perforation
Dimension: 24.75 mm x 35.25 mm (vertical)
Printing Process: Lithography in 7 colours
Gum Type: Pressure sensitive
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

OFDC

Quantity Produced - 16,000
Cancellation Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Original Price: $1.67
Perforation: Simulated perforation
Dimension: 24.75 mm x 35.25 mm (vertical)
Printing Process: Lithography in 7 colours
Gum Type: Pressure sensitive
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

About Stamp

In 2008, Canada Post set out to eliminate the misconceptions associated with mental illness, establishing the Canada Post Foundation for Mental Health. Thanks to the generous support of employees, customers and suppliers, Canada Post has raised more than $2.5 million for the Foundation and hopes to raise another $2 million by the end of this year. In September 2009, the Foundation dispersed its inaugural grants, ranging from $10,000 to $75,000—for a total of more than $1 million—to 19 community-based non-profit organizations. An additional $1.5 million in grants will be awarded this fall.

This September, a new PERMANENT™ domestic rate semi-postal stamp will be issued, again with a 10-cent surcharge.

The stamp features a mental health patient on the path towards recovery. According to Louis Gagnon of the Montréal-based design firm Paprika, “The lines that flow through the stamp cross over one another to represent the plight of a troubled mind moving toward a sense of peace as they rise up the mountain.” A tree, a universal symbol of growth, healing and renewal, sprouts at the mountain’s summit.

According to Anthony Wilson-Smith, Vice-President of Communications with responsibility for Canada Post’s Cause of Choice, “Almost $600,000 has been raised for the Foundation through stamp sales. Everyone who has ever purchased the stamps should be very proud.”

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Reference

Details, Vol XIX No3, July to September 2010

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