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Tuesday, February 05, 2019

London Welcomes International Bestselling Author with a Heart-Wrenching Story During Mental Health Week

American author Mark Lukach will share an emotional account of his family’s mental health journey at this year’s Breakfast of Champions event. Lukach’smemoir, My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward, chronicles his wife Giulia’s diagnosis with bipolar disorder and how he supported her as a caregiver through her three hospitalizations with psychosis and her suicidal depression.
 
“I began to see her mind like an old television set, one with a dial you had to change the channels. She'd gotten stuck between channels and all that was broadcasting in her mind was crackling white noise which drove her mad and scared me to death.”

— Mark Lukach, My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward
 
Breakfast of Champions is presented by St Joseph’s Health Care Foundation in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Middlesex. The event is a celebration of those making great strides to advance mental health in London and beyond. During the event, CMHA Middlesex will announce the winners of the Champion of Mental Health Awards.

“Mark and Giulia’s story demonstrates how mental illness affects the whole family,” says Michelle Campbell. “By talking about his family’s mental health journey, Mark is opening the door for others to speak about their own challenges.”
               
What:                  Breakfast of Champions
When:                 Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.
Where:                London Convention Centre
 
Tickets for the event can be purchased for $75 per person or $750 for a table of ten by calling 519 646-6085 or visiting www.sjhcfoundation.org/breakfast-champions.

For more information:

Matthew Overall
Marketing and Communications Officer
St Joseph’s Health Care Foundation
519 646-6100 ext 65233
matthew.overall@sjhc.london.on.ca
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