Breakfast of Champions

Breakfast of Champions featuring David Sheff


Update May 5

On behalf of St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation and the Canadian Mental Health Association Elgin Middlesex, thank you for joining us for our first-ever virtual Breakfast of Champions event.

We hope you enjoyed our conversation with bestselling author David Sheff, live from California. David’s story of his son’s addiction and undiagnosed mental illness is a heartbreaking yet inspiring story, which undoubtedly resonated with us all. We invite you to watch the video David shared after yesterday’s event.

It was also inspiring to learn about the CMHA Champions of Mental Health winners Tyler Stewart and Middlesex OPP Constables Melanie Corby and Erin Mosher. This year’s nominees and winners are making significant contributions to mental health in our community and leading the way to reduce stigma, helping to create a brighter future for people living with mental illness.

This was a record-breaking year for Breakfast of Champions. Yesterday’s event raised over $180,000 net — the most ever raised in its 14-year history. Proceeds will support the Mental Health INcubator for Disruptive Solutions (MINDS), a unique social innovation lab that’s creating interventions to help youth overcome barriers and get the help they need. 

Breakfast of Champions is going virtual!

On May 4, start your morning with St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation and the Canadian Mental Health Association Elgin-Middlesex for a thought-provoking virtual presentation about mental health. This year’s event is being reimagined in a live, virtual format that will provide an interactive experience for guests. This exclusive online event will feature a TED Talk-style presentation with bestselling author David Sheff. 

Breakfast of Champions is the largest and longest running event of its kind in Southwestern Ontario, attracting an audience of more than 1,200 attendees each year. Since 2007, the event has contributed towards a greater awareness and understanding of topics related to mental health and wellness.

Featuring Bestselling Author David Sheff

David Sheff is an accomplished journalist and bestselling author who has been featured in the New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Wired, among many others. He is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction, a book later made into a film starring Steve Carell.

David Sheff will join the livestream live from California to share his story as a father through his son’s battle with drug addiction and an undiagnosed mental illness.

Your support matters

All proceeds from Breakfast of Champions will support youth mental health through the Mental Health Incubator for Disruptive Solutions (MINDS), a social innovation lab led by Dr. Arlene MacDougall that's focused on finding new ways to improve mental health care for youth.

Your support will enable the MINDS team to develop new resources and tools that will improve access to care for youth experiencing mental illness. During this period of heightened social isolation and uncertainty, your support of mental health initiatives is more important than ever.

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Let's get virtual!

Location & Details

Virtual Livestream

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

  • 8:00 to 9:15 AM
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