Patrick J. Kennedy to talk mental health at Breakfast of Champions

Feb. 17, 2016

The former US congressman and son of the late Senator Ted Kennedy will share why we need to change the way people view and talk about mental health and addiction at the 10th annual Breakfast of Champions in May. He will also talk about his own journey of mental health and recovery as detailed in his recently released memoir A Common Struggle.

Presented by St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation and the Canadian Mental Health Association Middlesex Breakfast of Champions is one of the largest events of its kind, raising important awareness and funds to support mental health care programs through St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation.

The event also celebrates the CMHA Middlesex Champion of Mental Health Awards recognizing the efforts of mental health care champions across our region. The public are invited to nominate a person and/or organization by visiting the CMHA Middlesex’s website (http://www.cmhamiddlesex.ca/).

See attached biography for more information about Patrick J. Kennedy and backgrounder below for more information about Breakfast of Champions and the Champion of Mental Health Awards.

When: May 11, 7:30 – 9:30 AM
Where: London Convention Centre, 300 York Street, London, ON
Tickets: $75 per person; $750 for a table of 10 (parking included)
Tickets can be purchased at sjhcfoundation.org or by calling 519 646-6085

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For more information:
Sara Cameron
Chief Marketing and Communications Officer
St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation
519 646-6100 ext. 42123
 
Kristy Cairns
Manager of Communications & Public Engagement
Canadian Mental Health Association Middlesex
519 668-0624 ext.425
St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation (www.sjhcfoundation.org)

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 provides community-based mental health, housing supports, outreach and education out of many locations across London, Middlesex, Strathroy, Exeter and Goderich. Our vision is an inclusive community with mental health and wellbeing for all.

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