Media Advisory - Amy Sky Joins Mental Health Heroes: The Honourable James K. Bartleman, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario (Retired) and Lieutenant-General The Honourable Roméo Dallaire (Retired), Senator



    TORONTO, Feb. 5 /CNW/ - Singer, songwriter, producer and mental health
advocate Amy Sky is the recipient of the Mood Disorders Association of
Ontario's (MDAO) 2009 Hero Inspiration Award. Previous recipients of this
prestigious award include The Honourable James K. Bartleman, Lieutenant
Governor of Ontario (Retired), and Lieutenant-General The Honourable Roméo
Dallaire (Retired), Senator.
    The Mood Disorders Association of Ontario (MDAO) is a community-based not
for profit organization that is dedicated to helping those with mood disorders
to recover. It does this through peer and family support programs, education
and awareness programs, engagement of community partners, and advocating on
behalf of those who need help. "We offer our clients a safe and positive
environment to work with highly trained professionals and volunteers who have
been where they are. The shared experience is what sets us apart," says Karen
Liberman, Executive Director
    The Hero Inspiration Award, sponsored by Shepell.fgi, pays tribute to a
high-profile person with a mood disorder who publicly supports and advocates
for others suffering from the devastating effects of this family of illnesses.
    Ms. Sky will be presented with the award on February 7th during the
MDAO's 5th annual "Mad About You" Gala at The Carlu. The Gala, a fund raiser
as well as an awards program, will be hosted by Canadian comic Steve
Patterson. Ms.Sky is one of three award recipients that will be recognized at
the black tie event. Others include:

    
    -   Dr. Emmanuel Persad is the recipient of the MDAO's 2009 Hope
        Inspiration Award. Dr. Persad is a recognized leader in education,
        research and clinical psychology. The Hope Award, sponsored by Lilly
        Canada, honours a person who has made an outstanding contribution in
        the diagnosis, treatment or research of mood disorders.

    -   The third recipient is John Burghardt. John is the recipient of the
        2009 Heart Inspiration Award. This award, sponsored by Astra Zeneca,
        recognizes John's exceptional personal support for those suffering
        from a mood disorder. A tireless advocate, he lost his daughter
        Rebecca to suicide.
    

    "Mood disorders are pervasive in our society, affecting 20% of Canadians"
commented Ms. Liberman "Sadly, fewer than 20% of those will receive the help
they need to return to a full and active life." Mood disorders are highly
debilitating and can lead to job loss, family break-up and suicide. While
these illnesses are devastating, the social stigma that accompanies them is
often more destructive. The MDAO Inspiration Awards recognize leaders in the
community who are making a difference.

    About The Mood Disorders Association of Ontario

    One in five people will experience a mood disorder (depression or bipolar
disorder) in their lifetime. The Mood Disorders Association of Ontario (MDAO)
is dedicated to helping them and their families ... with care, compassion,
respect and equity. To learn more about the MDAO and the Annual Inspiration
Awards visit www.mooddisorders.on.ca or call us toll-free at 1-888-486-8236.




For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Karen Liberman, Executive
Director, (416) 486-8046

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MOOD DISORDERS ASSOCIATION OF ONTARIO

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