It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the passing of Dr. Manon Charbonneau, a clinical psychiatrist, a cherished former board member of the Mental Health Commission of Canada from 2013-2019, and an unwavering champion for the Mental Health First Aid program in Quebec.
Manon Charbonneau’s dedication and tireless efforts in advancing mental health literacy and support have left an indelible mark on communities across Canada and beyond. As an ambassador for Bell Let’s Talk, she shared her experiences with depression and cancer. She was moved to share her personal story to inspire others. “Working in health care, it’s hard to admit to being less than 100 per cent, but everyone close to me told me that I had to do it, and they were right,” she said in an MHCC article in 2022. “Vulnerability is what leads to change.”
Her leadership and advocacy led to the creation of the Canadian Psychiatric Association’s working group on stigma and discrimination, which she chaired for ten years. This passion for creating a more compassionate and understanding society has inspired countless individuals and organizations.
We extend our deepest condolences to Dr. Charbonneau’s family, friends, and all those whose lives were touched by her remarkable work. Manon’s legacy will continue to shine brightly as we strive to create a world where mental health is understood, valued, and supported by all.
President and CEO, Mental Health Commission of Canada