Ottawa Citizen

Depression study gets $1-million boost

John Ruddy makes donation

- MEGHAN HURLEY mhurley@ottawaciti­

The Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health was given $1-million donation for depression research Friday night during the Inspiratio­n Awards Gala.

The donation from John Ruddy of Trinity Developmen­t Group was announced at the gala, which attracted more than 500 people. Ruddy is the honorary chair of The Royal’s philanthro­pic campaign.

In addition to Ruddy’s donation, the gala raised more than $250,000.

“At The Royal, our goals are simple and clear — to get more people suffering from mental illness into remission faster and to transform the way major depression is treated,” Andree Steel, president and CEO of the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health, said in a statement. “With the generous support of people like John Ruddy, we will achieve these goals.”

Six awards were handed out at the gala to people who have served as models in the area of mental illness.

Sen. Romeo Dallaire received an award for his work to reduce the stigma of posttrauma­tic stress disorder in the Canadian Forces.

Hannah Brunsdon, a 16-yearold drama student, was given the youth award for combining her experience of depression with her theatrical talent.

The Orléans Bengal Football club received the community award for its antibullyi­ng campaign called Be a Bengal, Not a Bully.

Chris Curry, Kristin Shannon and Nathalie Holmes each received an inspiratio­n award in the personal category.

The three recipients have shared their stories of mental illness to create awareness, fight stigma and encourage others get the help they need.

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