Inspiration Awards Celebrate Leaders in the Fight Against Mood Disorders

    TORONTO, Jan. 28 /CNW/ - Recipients of the Inspiration Awards in mental
health were announced today by the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario. The
annual awards acknowledge individuals in Canada who have made an outstanding
contribution to the hope and recovery of someone with a mood disorder.
    This year's recipients are Senator Roméo Dallaire (Hero Award), Dr.
Anthony Levitt (Hope Award), and Jacqueline Beaurivage (Heart Award).

    -   Senator Roméo Dallaire - The impact of the atrocities that Senator
        Roméo Dallaire witnessed in Rwanda resulted in Post Traumatic Stress
        Disorder. Working tirelessly to raise awareness of this disorder and
        its impact on military personnel, he speaks publicly of his day-to-
        day struggles with flashbacks, depression, anxiety, sleep disorders,
        and even suicide attempts. General Dallaire commanded the United
        Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR). His book on his
        experiences in Rwanda, Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of
        Humanity in Rwanda, was awarded the Governor General's Literary Award
        for Non-Fiction in 2004.

    -   Dr. Anthony Levitt - Dr. Anthony Levitt is a leading researcher and
        clinician of mood disorders. Beyond his medical expertise, he has
        become a leading advocate for increased public education, access, and
        treatment options. His compassion and caring for his patients has
        helped them recover from struggles with mood disorders. Dr. Levitt is
        the Psychiatrist-in-Chief at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and
        Women's College Hospital. He is the Director of Mood Disorders
        Program at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

    -   Jacqueline Beaurivage - After rescuing her son Jonathan from the
        brink of suicide, Jacqueline Beaurivage became an advocate and
        educator on mood disorders, championing the anti-stigma cause in the
        community, the workplace and the press. She encourages her son to
        speak to other young people about his experiences, and never misses
        an opportunity to share her family's story. Jacqueline is a Senior
        Vice-President at CIBC.

    "This year's recipients have faced mental health issues head on -- as a
sufferer, a healer, and a parent -- and brought the issue to the attention of
the workplace and public," said Karen Liberman, Executive Director, Mood
Disorders Association of Ontario. "Their efforts inspire others and create
hope in the battle against mood disorders. The award recipients are champions
of mental health, as well as leaders in the humanitarian, medical and business
    In its fourth year, the Inspiration Awards recognize people who use their
experiences, skills, and voices to champion the cause of mental health. The
Hero Award recognizes a person who has completed or is on the journey to
recovery, and who publicly advocates for sufferers of mood disorders. The Hope
award is bestowed upon an individual who works in treatment or research to
inspire hope for recovery from a mood disorder. The Heart Award recognizes an
individual who has supported someone on the journey to recovery.
    The awards presentation will be made at a Gala evening on February 9,
2008 at The Carlu in Toronto with comedian Steve Patterson as Master of
    Lead sponsors of the Award Gala are Great Gulf Homes; Shepell.fgi for the
Hero Award; Eli Lilly for the Hope Award; and Astra Zeneca for the Heart
    Last year's award recipients were Sandy Naiman (Hero Award), Dr. Zindel
Segal (Hope Award), and David Hermakowski (Heart Award).

    The Mood Disorders Association of Ontario has been a leader in education,
research, information and support of mood disorders for over 20 years. It is a
not-for-profit, self-help organization working with members, volunteers, other
mental health groups, and mental health professionals. Mood disorders involve
a loss of control over mood and affective expressions, and include bipolar
disorder, depression, anxiety and seasonal affective disorder. Visit or call (416) 486-8046.

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