TUESDAY IS BELL LET'S TALK DAY ON TSN AND CTV

28 Jan 2014

Tuesday is Bell Let's Talk Day when the issue of mental health will be openly discussed across all platforms on TSN and CTV.

During the morning loop on TSN, SportsCentre presents Purple Hearts, a TSN Original feature on Daron Richardson, daughter of former NHL defenceman Luke Richardson, who took her own life at the age of 14. The tragedy shocked the entire city of Ottawa, including Daron's hockey teammates; her best and closest friends. Since Daron's suicide, this remarkable group of young girls has set out on a quest to honour her memory, both with their play on the ice and their activism in the community. Their goal is simply, Do It For Daron –  an initiative that raises awareness of youth mental health.

On Off The Record at 5pm et/2pm pt, long-time mental health advocate Michael Landsberg hosts a special edition of his popular talk show. The program will include a tribute to canoeist and three-time Olympian John Wood, who took his own life in January 2013 after a battle with depression. Landsberg will be joined by two of Wood's children, Alan and Jennifer, who will speak publicly for the first time since Wood died. Off The Record also features PGA Canada professional golfer Andrew Jensen, who has survived multiple suicide attempts and will speak candidly about what drove him to the point of suicide.

During the first intermission of the game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs, NHL on TSN host James Duthie chats with Clara Hughes about mental health and Clara's Big Ride, now in its fourth year. The game gets under way at 7pm et/4pm pt.

On TSN2, watch an encore presentation of Darkness And Hope: Depression, Sports And Me, Michael Landsberg's Canadian Screen Award-nominated documentary about sports and depression at 10:30pm et/7:30pm pt.

Then at 11:30pm et/8:30pm pt on TSN2, watch an encore presentation of Talk To Me: The Story Of James Patrick Peek, the emotional documentary produced in support of last year's Bell Let's Talk Day. Gemini Award-winning TSN field producer Mike Farrell sits down with his best friend's family to talk about the loss of their son and brother to suicide, and how sport helped them cope and inspire change in their community.

At 7pm et/4pm pt on CTV and CTV Two, watch an hour-long special presentation profiling celebrities and others who have struggled with mental illness. Hosted by Ben Mulroney and Tanya Kim, the program features interviews with musician Serena Ryder about her battle with depression, singer-songwriter Amy Sky on her struggle with post-partum depression, and retired Canadian heavyweight boxer George Chuvalo, who lost a son and wife to suicide. Also, Canadian champion rower Silken Laumann, TSN's Michael Landsberg, and Glass Tiger's Sam Reid will offer their thoughts. The program will also profile the mental health struggles faced by actresses Mariel Hemingway, Margaret Trudeau, Catherine Zeta Jones, and Demi Lovato.