Sue Klebold shares story born from tragedy at Breakfast of Champions
Sue Klebold speaks to a sold out crowd about Columbine and her son's undiagnosed mental illness at the London Convention Centre
Sue Klebold talked about her life after Columbine and how it’s led her to become a passionate mental health advocate at this year’s Breakfast of Champions. The event hosted by St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation and the Canadian Mental Health Association Middlesex was attended by more than 1,200 local community leaders and mental health advocates.
In a one-on-one conversation with CBC News Host Heather Hiscox, Sue shared her journey as a mother trying to come to terms with the incomprehensible knowledge of her son’s role in Columbine, and the realization of his struggle with mental illness. She also shared invaluable insights from her experience in an effort to help other families recognize when a child is in distress.
“This breakfast has become an important event for mental health care, advancing the public dialogue as a way to demystify how we think and talk about mental illness,” says Michelle Campbell, President and CEO, St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation. “It also enables us to invest in transformative mental health care that would otherwise not be possible.”
Afterwards Sue joined local experts and mental health advocates for a panel discussion on youth mental health, which included Lori Hassall, Dr. Elizabeth A. Osuch, Dr. Javeed Sukhera, Scarlet Davidson and Jesse House.
The 11th annual Breakfast of Champions also recognized several individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to mental wellness in the community through the Champion of Mental Health Awards. Todd Devlin and Riley Doan received the individual award for their efforts in bringing the Defeat Depression Campaign to London. London Police Service received the organization award for the work they are doing to support the well-being of their members and to enhance the police and community response to mental health and addictions crisis in the community.
On behalf St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation and CMHA Middlesex, thank you to those who attended Breakfast of Champions and helped raise awareness and funds for mental health care.