Olympic silver medalist and advocate for mental health Elizabeth Manley has received an award for her openness about mental health.

During a virtual presentation on Psychology Mental Health Day on Thursday, Manley was awarded the “Courage to Speak Award” from Carleton University, in partnership with the Mental Health and Well-Being Research and Training Hub (MeWeRTH).

“This is as great for me as winning an Olympic medal,” Manley tells CTV News Ottawa. “Because this is my path now, and this is what I do for a living, and to be recognized for it – it just warms my heart, and makes me realize that I’m doing the right thing, and that this is my calling.”

“The Mental Health and Wellbeing Research and Training Hub – also known as MeWeRTH – created the Courage to Speak Award to honour and recognize those who have lived experience, and are willing to share their stories with the broader audience,” says Joanna Pozzulo, Chair of the Department of Psychology and Director, Mental Health and Well-Being Research and Training Hub at Carleton University. “And today, Liz has received that award, as she has shared her story.”

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