Lieutenant Governor awarded Courage to Come Back Award

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Lieutenant Governor awarded Courage to Come Back Award

TORONTO, May 20 - The Hon. James K. Bartleman will be awarded the Courage to Come Back Award on Thursday 20 May at the Westin Harbour Castle Conference Centre in Toronto. Presented by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, this annual Award honours individuals who have shown courage in living with mental illness and/or addictions and who use their experiences to help and inspire others. "I have made it a priority to speak openly about my depression," said Mr Bartleman. "I want to do all I can to reduce the stigma of mental illness, which prevents many people from seeking the help they need." Mr Bartleman experienced post-traumatic stress syndrome following a violent attack in South Africa in 1998 and has struggled with depression since that time. Since becoming Lieutenant Governor of Ontario in 2002, he has made it a key priority to speak out in order to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. Mr Bartleman is the Honorary Patron of seven leading mental health organizations in Ontario. www.Lt.gov.on.caFor further information: Sandra Black, Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Tel. (416) 314-5755