Mariel Hemingway shone a light on mental illness at Breakfast of Champions

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Apr. 28, 2015

At the 2015 Breakfast of Champions, Mariel shared her family’s past with mental illness, addiction and suicide – to a sold out crowd of 1,240 people -- in order to build awareness around mental illness and suicide prevention. 

The annual fundraiser, presented by St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation and Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Middlesex, raises funds for mental health care programs and services that support people living in London and region.

Support for this event directly benefits mental health care programs and services through St. Joseph’s Health Care London and CMHA Middlesex.

Also announced at the event were the winners of the Champion of Mental Health Awards, including David and Lee Ann Berlet and the Psychological Education, Awareness and Reduction of Stigma (PEARS) educational program. For details visit cmhamiddlesex.ca.

Breakfast of Champions has done what we hoped it would do since the first event nine years ago,” says Michelle Campbell, president and CEO, St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation. “It has grown to be one of the largest of its kind, which has sparked dialogue, piqued the interest and built both public understanding and greater acceptance of mental illness."

For more information about Breakfast of Champions:

Laura Janecka
Marketing & Communications Officer
St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation
519 646-6100 ext. 65449
laura.janecka@sjhc.london.on.ca
www.sjhcfoundation.org

For more information about the Champion of Mental Health Awards:

Kristy Cairns
Manager of Communications
Canadian Mental Health Association Middlesex
519 668-0624
k.cairns@cmhamiddlesex.ca
www.cmhamiddlesex.ca

St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation

St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation gathers, grows and grants philanthropic funds to 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 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkwood Institute, Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care, Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care and Lawson Health Research Institute. As one of the largest charitable organizations in Southwestern Ontario, St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation is an accredited member of Imagine Canada’s Ethical Trustmark Program, which recognizes the foundation’s commitment to ethical fundraising and donor accountability.

St. Joseph’s Health Care London

Renowned for compassionate care, St. Joseph’s Health Care London is a leading academic health care centre in Canada dedicated to helping people live to their fullest by minimizing the effects of injury, disease and disability through excellence in care, teaching and research. Through partnership with Lawson Health Research Institute and our collaborative engagement with other health care and academic partners, St. Joseph’s has become an international leader in the areas of: chronic disease management; medical imaging; specialized mental health care; rehabilitation and specialized geriatrics; and surgery. St. Joseph’s operates through a wide range of hospital, clinic and long-term and community-based settings, including: St. Joseph’s Hospital; Parkwood Institute; Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care; and the Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care.

Canadian Mental Health Association Middlesex

The Canadian Mental Health Association Middlesex promotes mental wellness through responsive and innovative services and empower individuals on their recovery journey.  With locations across London, Middlesex, Exeter and Goderich, we provide community mental health supports, education, outreach programs and supportive housing.  For more information, go to www.cmhamiddlesex.ca.

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