Thank you for stepping up to share one night to inspire hope for Canadians living with mental illness. Your efforts are helping to transform lives!

Now that you have registered, here are some tips and tools to help you make the most impact.

Planning Your One Brave Night

CAMH One Brave Night for Mental Health™ is your chance to step up, stay up and inspire hope for Canadians living with mental illness. April 7 is fast approaching here are some tips to help you plan your One Brave Night:

What’s your One Brave Night?

There are many ways to make #OneBraveNight your own — the challenge is virtual, flexible and unique to you. Use this checklist to help shape your challenge and get your friends and family excited about getting involved!

Fun Ways to Step Up and Stay Up

Whether you have created your own team or have joined our national team, you can be inspired by these ideas. Have your challenge set? Login to your participant centre and let your friends and family know how they can step up to support your One Brave Night.

Our top picks:

  • Watch a movie or documentary that depicts mental illness and talk about it with your team
  • Marathon-watch your favourite series on subscription TV
  • Host a board game tournament
  • Go camping and stay up wishing on stars
  • Catch up on a hobby
  • Host a dinner party
  • All-night Karaoke
  • Learn something new: check out our wellness page for ideas
  • Call or Skype family and friends that live in different time zones
  • Get organized—tackle that pesky junk drawer, organize your important paperwork
  • Plan your next vacation
  • Book an “escape” room
  • Host a craft night and tackle a project from Pinterest
  • Do a walking tour of your city, the darkness offers a whole new perspective
  • Have a video game tournament with friends (in-person or online)
  • Buzzfeed quizzes
  • Host a cooking challenge
  • Plan a scavenger hunt with friends
  • Read a book or, even better, bring friends together to discuss a book on mental illness
  • Volunteer
  • Bring back the sleepover—movies, snacks, gossip and pranks!
  • Plan some mindfulness and self-care activities, like yoga, meditation, journaling, progressive muscle relaxation
Check out what other #OneBraveNight participants are doing.

It’s time to step up and stay up! Login and rally your friends and family to participate and donate to your One Brave Night!

Tips & Tools

Your Participant Centre

Your Participant Centre is your central place to manage your One Brave Night. Customize your personal page, email your team mates, monitor your fundraising progress. You can upload your contacts, send a customized email and track who has responded. Plus, you can post to social and add cash/cheque donations to your fundraising total all from your Participant Centre. Login now to take a tour.

  • Tip 1. Customize Your Personal Page

    Getting started is easy. Here’s how:

    • Login to your online Participant Centre using the username and password that you created when you registered for the event.
    • Navigate to your Personal Page, where you can upload your own photo or video and personalize the page by telling people why you are participating in the CAMH One Brave Night for Mental Health™ challenge.
  • Tip 2. Email friends, family, colleagues

    • We’ve created customizable emails for you to easily edit and send to your friends, family and colleagues. Emails inviting people to join your team, emails inviting people to sponsor you, and emails to thank people when they do.
    • Login to your Participant Centre now to browse the emails available to you. And check back regularly as we’ll add news ones to help you continue to inspire your networks.

Tip 3. Get social with these sample posts

Here are some posts you can use:

It's time to step up and stay up to defeat mental illness. Register for CAMH #OneBraveNight with me!

I’m stepping up to inspire hope for 1 in 5 Canadians living with mental illness in any given year. Sponsor my #OneBraveNight [insert a link to your personal page]

I’m stepping up to inspire hope for 1 in 5 Canadians living with mental illness in any given year. Sponsor my #OneBraveNight [insert a link to your personal page]

Join me in CAMH #OneBraveNight, a Canada-wide challenge to inspire hope for the 1 in 5 Canadians living with mental illness:

CAMH #OneBraveNight for Mental Health is your chance to step up, stay up and inspire hope for Canadians living with mental illness:

Use these hashtags:

#OneBraveNight #CAMH #OneBraveSelfie

Tag us!

Tip 4. Update your profile pic

Updating your profile picture will remind your friends and family that you have taken the CAMH One Brave Night challenge and may prompt them to support your efforts!
Download here. display picture

Tip 5. Set the bar high

Start your fundraising with the person you know will set the bar for others. Is that your mom, your spouse, your boss? Have them give first so others will see a challenge.

Tip 6. Ask for a specific amount.

Ask for that amount or chose an amount that you think is aspirational but possible. If appropriate, choose a gift level that ties to something relevant to you, perhaps it’s your 32nd birthday or you want to mark the 100 days since your brother had a drink. “I’m asking you to sponsor me with a gift of $100 to show your commitment to mental health.”

Tip 7. Attitude matters.

Ask for donations with the expectation of a ‘Yes’. Approaching an ask with a positive attitude improves your odds of success. Every time.

Tip 8. Tell people how their support will make a difference.

Every donor to CAMH One Brave Night for Mental Health is helping to stop mental illness from destroying lives by supporting advances in care, breakthroughs in research and by lending their voice to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness that prevents people from seeking help.

Tip 9: Be prepared to hear ‘No’.

Don’t take this personally. Say thanks anyway and move on to your next ask.

Tip 10: Show your thanks.

Thank each supporter when they make a gift, and throughout your fundraising efforts. Did you reach your first milestone? Let your supporters know they made this possible. When you reach your goal, thank them again for helping you succeed and helping defeat mental illness.

Fundraising Toolkit

Check out the One Brave Night Fundraising Toolkit for even more fundraising tips and ideas!


Right click to download the CAMH One Brave Night for Mental Health logo. You can use it on a poster, a t-shirt or any other promotional material you want to create!

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Pledge Form

You can collect and track offline donations (cash and cheques) in your Participant Centre. This way, your offline donations are added to your fundraising total. When you're ready to mail your offline donations to us, you can print a summary from your Participant Centre. Download the pledge form.

For Team Captains

Thank you for registering as a team captain for CAMH One Brave Night for Mental Health™! These tools will help you build and encourage a team to work together to help defeat mental illness. Set your fundraising goal high; inspire each other. In doing so, you will inspire hope for Canadians living with mental illness.

Recruit, recruit, recruit!

  • Email your family, friends and co-workers inviting them to join your team. The customizable team invitation email in your Participant Centre makes it easy to ask your network to support you.
  • Use the CAMH One Brave Night poster to get friends, colleagues, classmates interested in joining your team, starting their own (friendly competition??) or sponsoring you.
  • Post to your favourite social media channel, with posts like:
    Join my team 4 CAMH One Brave Night for Mental Health! We’ll have so much fun helping stop mental illness from destroying lives. #OneBraveNight

Recruit 5+ People. Get a Team Kit**!

If you are one of the first 150 teams to recruit five or more people to be on your team by March 17, you will get a free team kit**.

**while quantities last