At Coast Mental Health, we know that with the right supports, people can overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges, build better lives and contribute meaningfully to our communities.

First held in Vancouver in 1999, the Courage To Come Back Awards were born out of our firsthand experience of the human spirit’s inspiring capacity to overcome adversity and our wish to celebrate British Columbians who have found the courage to come back.

The Courage To Come Back Awards are given in five categories:

  • Mental Health
  • Addiction
  • Medical
  • Physical Rehabilitation
  • Youth

Courage To Come Back Award recipients are recognized at a gala celebration every May where their stories are told and accomplishments honored. Over the years, the gala has become Coast’s most important fundraiser.

More than 1,800 people attended the 20th Anniversary Courage To Come Back Awards gala in 2018, raising a record $3.1 million. Funds raised from this signature event are vital to ensuring Coast can continue to provide the innovative, community-based and client-led programs that have made Coast a leader in community-based mental health care. To read the stories of the 2018 recipients, please visit


Do you know someone who has had the courage to come back from adversity and give back to their community? Does this person inspire you and others around them? Click here to nominate them for a 2019 Courage To Come Back Award.

Nominations deadline: January 31, 2019.

Join Us

On Wednesday, April 24, 2019, join us at the 21st Courage To Come Back Awards to demonstrate your commitment to ending the stigma of mental illness and make recovery possible.

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If you would like to make a contribution to this year’s event, please support us here.



Your donation to Coast Mental Health Foundation provides essential housing, support, and employment services for people with mental illness so they can find their meaningful place in our community – a place to live, a place to connect, and a place to work.