MHCC marks the retirement of Phil Upshall
Soon after Louise Bradley was named president and CEO of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) more than 10 years ago, she began to surround herself with a leadership team that could guide the organization with the wisdom of lived experience.
According to Bradley, a big part of that plan took the form of an “irrepressible, intelligent, highly opinionated, gold-hearted, self-deprecating, one-of-a-kind adviser” by the name of Phil Upshall, who, she added, was “someone who would make sure the voice of lived experience was front and centre.”
When they first met, Upshall was part of a circle of influential mental health thought leaders “who were well ahead of their time,” she said. “They had their finger on the pulse of the economic and human cost of mental illness long before awareness campaigns were in fashion.”
But while Upshall had great tenacity and wide-ranging connections, what intrigued Bradley most was his own lived experience, which was accompanied by a willingness to freely share his story in the service of improving the lot of others.