Michael Landsberg goes on the record about depression: TSN Host featured speaker at 2012 Breakfast of Champions

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Jan. 23, 2012

Michael Landsberg, host of TSN’s Off the Record, a hard-hitting, and entertaining talk show focusing on the day’s hottest sports topics, will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming Breakfast of Champions event. The event will take place on May 8 at the London Convention Centre. Tickets went on sale Jan 17.

Diagnosed with depression more than 14 years ago, Landsberg considers his ability to help reduce the stigma of mental illness as his most professional calling. Despite the profoundly disturbing nature of mental illness, Landsberg believes there is still little sympathy and understanding for people who struggle every day.

Taking the stage at events such as the Breakfast of Champions is just one of the ways that Landsberg believes he can help raise awareness and help create safer environments for people to share their own experiences with the illness.

"There will never be true healing for people living with depression without openness," says Landsberg.

With one in five Canadians living with a mental illness and only two-thirds of those people seeking care, raising awareness is critical. Breakfast of Champions is a special event presented jointly by St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation and the Canadian Mental Health Association London - Middlesex (CMHA) that serves to highlight the issues of mental illness and build awareness while raising funds to support programs in the community.

A special feature of the event is the annual presentation of the "Champion of Mental Health" award, which honours a local individual and a local organization for their contributions to mental health care delivery or promotion.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.sjchfoundation.org

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For more information, please contact:
Jennifer Parraga
Manager, Communications and Donor Relations
St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation
Phone: 519 646-6085 ext. 64590

St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation
St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation gathers, grows and grants philanthropic funds that enable St. Joseph’s Health Care London to pursue excellence in care, teaching and research. Through donor support, the foundation contributes to advances in the delivery of patient care, specialized equipment, research initiatives and capital funds for hospital building projects at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkwood Hospital, Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care, Regional Mental Health Care London and St. Thomas and Lawson Health Research Institute. One of the largest charitable organizations in Southwestern Ontario, St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation is accredited to adhere to Imagine Canada’s Ethical Fundraising & Financial Accountability Code.

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) London - Middlesex
CMHA London-Middlesex has been operating in London since 1950. This organization is a nonprofit, charitable organization with a community focus. Its mission is achieved through public education, social action and advocacy, research and policy development; as well as direct service programs. Wherever possible, activities are administered in partnership and coalition with other organizations and individuals.

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