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Quilt of Honour

Advocating for children’s mental health
Network, Summer/Fall 2004

Susan Hess is a parent of a child with mental illness. Together with quilter Joy Hansen, she created the Quilt of Honour to recognize and pay tribute to children who struggle with mental illness — those who are alive and those who have died. By persuading children and families to allow their real identities to be used, she hopes to remove the stigma of mental illness and let the power of the children’s courage take centre stage.

The design of the quilt was inspired by the old-fashioned paperdoll chain. The red and white figures in the chain represent children. The figures holding hands represent children who have received help for their mental health problems. The figures standing alone represent children who are waiting for help. The white figures represent children who have taken their own lives.

As president of Parents for Children’s Mental Health and a passionate advocate for children and their families, Hess now tours the province to display the quilt and raise awareness. For tour dates and more information about the Quilt of Honour, call 416-921-2109 or visit

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