Former NHL goaltender Clint Malarchuk shares personal story of recovery at Breakfast
of Champions to mark Mental Health Awareness Week
London, Ontario – Clint Malarchuk shared his extraordinary life experience with
mental illness and addiction before a sold out crowd of more than 1,200 people at
this year's Breakfast of Champions, an annual event hosted by St. Joseph's Health
Care Foundation and Canadian Mental Health Association, Middlesex.
The former NHL goaltender and coach told light-hearted stories about his days in
the NHL and a storied career in professional hockey. He spoke with honestly about
his lifelong battle with anxiety, depression and obsessive compulsive disorder,
as well as the gruesome 1989 on-ice trauma that resulted in post-traumatic stress.
"Breakfast of Champions has done what we hoped it would do since it began 12 years
ago," says Michelle Campbell, President and CEO, St. Joseph's Health Care Foundation.
"It has grown to be the main source of community dialogue about mental health and
helped to build a greater public understanding and acceptance of mental illness
in our community."
The event also honoured local individuals and organizations making significant contributions
to advance mental wellness in the community through the Canadian Mental Health Association,
Middlesex's Champion of Mental Health Awards. Kristin Legault-Donkers and Lubrico
Warranty received an award in the individual and organization categories respectively.
For a complete list of nominees visit: https://cmhamiddlesex.ca/2018-champion-of-mental-health-award-nominees/.
Canadian Mental Health Association Middlesex (http://www.cmhamiddlesex.ca/)
The Canadian Mental Health Association Middlesex provides community-based mental
health services, housing supports, outreach and education through many locations
across London, Middlesex, Strathroy, Exeter and Goderich. We promote mental wellness
through responsive and innovative services and empower individuals on their recovery
journey. The vision of CMHA Middlesex is an inclusive community with mental health
and wellbeing for all.
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.