A popular TSN personality will visit North Battleford next week to talk about mental health during a special event at the Civic Centre.
Toronto-based broadcaster Michael Landsberg is planning to share his experience dealing with his personal mental health challenges at the show planned for Mental Health Awareness Day March 15. The free event also includes guest appearances by CFL all-star Weston Dressler, singer-songwriter Beverley Mahood, and Grey Cup champion Chris Getzlaf and Canadian Rock Band One Bad Son. Landsberg is also planning visits to the three local high schools.
Landsberg said he wants to encourage young people who may be struggling with mental health issues to speak up and get the help they need.
"If we can go into the community, make people feel a little bit of hope, a little bit less lonely, to communicate a little bit more, then we will have maybe made a small difference," he said.
"I've suffered from depression quite profoundly for the last 17 years of my life," the broadcaster added. "It wasn't until 2009 that I started speaking about it because of the platforms I have."
Landsberg said he is encouraging youths, parents and especially teachers to attend the event to learn more about mental illness and how they can help someone who may be struggling.
"It's really one of the few instances where sharing, talking can change lives and can save lives," he said.
While the event is free, any donations received will benefit the Battlefords chapter of the Canadian Mental Health Association.
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