TORONTO (October 21, 2014) – Bell Media is proud to congratulate TSN’s Michael Landsberg on being honoured with the Humanitarian Award at the 2015 Canadian Screen Awards. The host of TSN’s acclaimed daily sports debate show OFF THE RECORD will be recognized for his longstanding dedication to promoting mental health awareness.
Landsberg speaks publicly about his personal battle with depression and considers his ability to help reduce the stigma of mental illness as his most important professional calling. He has been an ambassador for Bell Let’s Talk, an initiative focused on raising awareness and encouraging dialogue about mental health, since it launched in 2011.
“Michael Landsberg’s exemplary dedication to mental health awareness has encouraged thousands of people across Canada to seek out and find help,” said Kevin Crull, President, Bell Media. “We believe that talking about mental illness is the first step towards making lasting change, and Michael’s tireless efforts to start the conversation and reduce the stigma are a daily inspiration to all of us at Bell Media. He really has made a difference.”
In 2013, Landsberg’s documentary, Darkness and Hope: Depression, Sports and Me, was nominated for a 2013 Canadian Screen Award for Best History or Biography Documentary Program or Series. In 2012, the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health also named Landsberg one of its Champions of Mental Health. Landsberg also takes to Twitter using the hashtag #sicknotweak to encourage discussion around mental health and creating a forum for those needing help.