NEWSCAST - Monday, April 8th, 2019
- A Western alumnus has started a platform that aims to tell stories of courage and resiliency from Canadians across the country.
-Silken Laumann, who earned a BA in 1988 and is also a Canadian Champion rower is starting the platform, Unsinkable, that focuses on individual hardship as a binding force in a holistic approach to health.
- Laumann’s personal story is one of perseverance, as she was an Olympic favourite in 1992 before suffering a serious leg injury in a training accident. After multiple surgeries, Laumann was still able to capture bronze in Barcelona just 10 weeks after the accident.
- Laumann’s memoir, also called Unsinkable is the inspiration for the website which calls on others to share their similar stories. Laumann also experienced a dark time in her life when her mother fell victim to an undiagnosed mental illness.
- The website is starting by launching 50 stories that range from everyday people, to notable figures like Margaret Trudeau. Unsinkable, backed by GoodLife Fitness, is a not-for-profit project that expects collaborations with organizations like The Canadian Mental Health Association, Mood Disorders Canada and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
- There will be social media campaigns and opportunities for Canadians to share their stories. Within a year, Laumann hopes expand the site to include a podcast. She is even considering partnering with researchers to study patterns of behaviour that foster resiliency that emerge from stories shared.
- You can visit the website at www.weareunsinkable.com.
- St. Joseph’s Health Care London has clinched a national award for its Zero Suicide initiative, an ongoing mental health policy designed to identify, address and eliminate suicide risk among patients.
- St. Joseph’s took a page from Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, which launched a perfect depression care program in 2001 with the goal of eliminating suicide among its patients.
- Embarking on the Zero Suicide mission exposed training gaps and opportunities for improvement among staff.
- The Zero Suicide model is being recognized for its patient engagement by the Canadian Patient Safety Institute and HealthCareCAN, a national advocacy group for hospitals and other health agencies. The St. Joseph’s Zero Suicide team will be presenting the initiative at a national health leadership conference in June.
- The initiative, funded by the St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation, started in the hospital’s adult mental health outpatient program and has expanded into its inpatient operations.
- The foundation is still trying to reach its $1.26 million fundraising goal for the initiative. Canadian Mental Health Association’s Reach Out program is a 24-7 telephone hotline and internet service for individuals experiencing mental health concerns, addictions or crisis.
- Reach Out can be contacted at 519-433-2023, toll free at 1-866-933-2023 or online at www.reachout247.ca
- Five goals in the opening six minutes of the third period blew Game 2 wide open as the London Knights trounced visiting Guelph 7-0 to take a 2-0 series lead.
- Vegas Golden Knights prospect Jordan Kooy stopped all 27 shots he faced while Kevin Hancock scored twice and added an assist while going 12-for-13 in the faceoff circle.
- Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Liam Foudy scored a highlight reel goal and added an assist while other London markers came from Matvey Guskov , Josh Nelson , Adam Boqvist and William Lochead.
- The Knights outshot the Storm 36-27, going 2-for-4 on the power play.
- The Storm will look to turn things around on tonight as they return to home ice for Game 3.
- It feels like spring has finally sprung. High of 18 degrees today with a mix of sun and cloud but a little on the windy side with gusts expected to reach 43 km/h.
- Chance of showers overnight with the temperature staying at about 7.
- Tomorrow will see a high of 10 with a chance of showers, but less than a millimeter of rain expected.
- Wednesday will be mainly sunny with a high of 8 degrees.