Sue Klebold shares her story born from tragedy at Breakfast of Champions

Apr. 26, 2017

Sue Klebold talked about her life after Columbine and how it’s led her to become a passionate mental health advocate at this year’s Breakfast of Champions event. The event hosted by St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Middlesex was attended by more than 1,200 local community leaders and mental health advocates.

In a one-on-one conversation with CBC News Host Heather Hiscox, Sue shared her journey as a mother trying to come to terms with the incomprehensible knowledge of her son’s role in Columbine, and the realization of his struggle with mental illness. She also shared invaluable insights from her experience in an effort to help other families recognize when a child is in distress.

Afterwards Sue joined local experts and mental health advocates for a panel discussion on youth mental health, which included Lori Hassall, Dr. Elizabeth A. Osuch, Dr. Javeed Sukhera, Scarlet Davidson and Jesse House.

The 11th annual Breakfast of Champions also recognized several individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to mental wellness in the community through the Champion of Mental Health Awards. Todd Devlin and Riley Doan received the individual award for their efforts in bringing the Defeat Depression Campaign to London. London Police Service received the organization award for the work they are doing to support the well-being of their members and to enhance the police and community response to mental health and addictions crisis in the community.

Quotes:

“St. Joseph’s Health Care London is proud to play a distinct role in caring for people experiencing mental illness, including those in their youth”.
Dr. Gillian Kernaghan, President and CEO, St. Joseph’s Health Care London
 
“This breakfast has become an important event for mental health care, advancing the public dialogue as a way to demystify how we think and talk about mental illness. It also enables us to invest in transformative mental health care that would otherwise not be possible”
Michelle Campbell, President and CEO, St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation
 
“Some of the most spectacular work around mental health comes from those with an idea and a passion for making the community better, safer and healthier for all of us. CMHA Middlesex is proud to participate in the Breakfast of Champions where we recognize the region’s true champions of mental health – this year a recent university graduate, a paramedic, two volunteers, a police service, a physician and an expressive arts program – who are all creating change in significant and meaningful ways.”
Dr. Steven Harrison, CEO of the Canadian Mental Health Association Middlesex

Full list of nominees for the CMHA Champion of Mental Health Awards

Individuals

  • Todd Devlin and Riley Doan
  • Erin Huston
  • Dr. Julie Richard
  • Dustin Sutherland

Organizations

  • Nokee Kwe – Positive Voice Program, and Warrior Womyn Art Exhibition
  • London Police Service

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For more information:
Matthew Overall
Marketing and Communications Officer
St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation
tel: 519 646-6100 ext. 65233 cell: 226 973-7490
 
Kristy Cairns
Manager of Communications & Public Engagement
Canadian Mental Health Association Middlesex
tel: 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 Standards Program, which recognizes the foundation’s commitment to ethical fundraising and donor accountability.
 
St. Joseph’s Health Care London (https://www.sjhc.london.on.ca/)
Renowned for compassionate care, St. Joseph’s Health Care London is one of the best academic health care organizations 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.
 
Canadian Mental Health Association Middlesex (http://www.cmhamiddlesex.ca/)
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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