T.A. Sweet Award
(Mental Health Advocate of the Year)
The 2017 OPA TA Sweet Award – Mental Health Advocate of the Year Winner is Michael Landsberg
One of the best-known personalities in Canadian broadcasting, Landsberg has been with TSN since the network’s inception in 1984. He hosted Off the Record from its debut in September 1997. Twice nominated for the Gemini Award for Best Host or Interviewer in a Sports Program or Sportscast, Landsberg was the Whistler Host for Olympic Daytime on CTV during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. During the London 2012 Olympic Games, he anchored TSN’s Olympic Daytime.
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.
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 create a forum for those needing help. For his longstanding dedication to promoting mental health awareness, Landsberg was honoured with the Humanitarian Award at the 2015 Canadian Screen Awards.
About the T.A. Sweet Award
The TA Sweet award is presented annually to an individual who has made a major contribution to the understanding of mental illness and its impact on individuals in society.
Previous recipients have included leaders in volunteer and community activities, people from the field of journalism and individuals who suffer from mental illness. Our most recent recipients were: Ron Ellis, Lt. General (Ret.) Roméo Dallaire, Anne Murray, Phil Upshall, Senator Michael Kirby, William MacPhee, Michael Bay, Robert Munsch, Sister Margaret Smith, Margaret Trudeau, Voices from the Street, Brother Richard MacPhee, Clara Hughes, Ann Dowsett Johnston and Sgt. Lorna Bruce.
Dr. Ted A. Sweet was the Secretary of the Ontario Neuro-Psychiatric Association from 1946 until the early 1960s, well after the ONPA had changed its name to the Ontario Psychiatric Association in 1956. His characteristic signature appeared throughout the minute books of that period. He was a physician at the Ontario Hospital, Whitby, until his retirement in 1965. In his will, he left a bequest to the OPA that was to be used for a good purpose.