NHL Legend Theo Fleury to Share Triumph over Trauma and Addiction

Let’s Keep Talking to Honour 5 Nova Scotians for Contributions to Mental Health


The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia is pleased to welcome NHL Legend and Stanley Cup Champion Theo Fleury as the keynote speaker for this year’s Let’s Keep Talking event presented by Bell Let's Talk, May 9th at the Spatz Theatre. Fleury is perhaps best known for his time on the ice, but has become equally regarded for his outspoken advocacy for mental illness and addiction. The keynote speaker has been underwritten by the generosity of the J & W Murphy Foundation.

Fleury was once wrought with turmoil from a troubled childhood, abuse and was coping with trauma through addiction and self-destructive behaviours. Today, he is a victor over trauma and addiction, and is dedicated to helping others still trying to find their way. Fleury has been awarded the Canadian Humanitarian Award and the Queen’s Jubilee Medallion among many other accolades for his work combating child abuse while promoting healing and recovery.

Presented by Bell Let’s Talk, the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia’s 6th annual Let’s Keep Talking will be hosted once again by CTV Atlantic Reporter and Foundation Board of Trustees Member, Paul Hollingsworth. The event takes place during Mental Health Week aiming to educate Nova Scotians, and encourage an ongoing conversation about mental illness and addiction. Local musician Jon Cyr will also be performing.

Let’s Keep Talking will also recognize five dedicated Nova Scotians. This year’s award recipients are: Outstanding Youth Jessie Cullum, Outstanding Senior Judi Quann, Outstanding Healthcare Provider Marilyn Bright, Outstanding Individual Elsie Morden, and Outstanding Caregiver Sarah Rahr. They will be honoured for inspiring others while facing their own challenges living with or supporting others with mental illness or addiction.

"Theo Fleury has a powerful story; one that provides an important message of hope in the face of mental illness and addiction," says Starr Cunningham, President and CEO of the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia. "We are thrilled five incredibly deserving Nova Scotians will share the stage with a passionate mental health advocate whose bravery and resilience is truly changing the way people think." 

Let’s Keep Talking is a free event, made possible by the generous support of sponsors, Bell Let’s Talk, J & W Murphy Foundation, Dalhousie University Department of Psychiatry, NS Power, Northwood Intouch, and NorthWest Healthcare Properties. In lieu of admission, guests are encouraged to make a donation to the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia. Ticket reservation is now available at mentalhealthns.ca/lets-keep-talking.

Let’s Keep Talking with Theo Fleury

Thursday, May 9th; Doors at 5:30 pm; Show at 6:00 pm

Spatz Theatre, Citadel High School

1855 Trollope St, Halifax, NS

Media Contact

Jill Chappell, Marketing & Communications Lead

902-464-3210 // jill.chappell@nshealth.ca