Andrew Carter

Andrew Carter (left) seen here with Principal Cristina Celzi at a school visit.

When Andrew Carter first went on the air of his CJAD morning show last year and shared with listeners that he had been battling depression, it was hard to believe. I go way back to university with Andrew and he has always been one of the bubblier individuals you’d meet, something which comes through loud and clear as he commands his show.

“I was diagnosed with depression about seven years ago,” Carter told me in a chat last week. “Looking back now, I was probably clinically depressed further back. I just did not realize it. I have been doing the morning show for the past 15 years. You feel tired and crappy.”

Carter will open up to an entire audience next week when he is honoured by AMI-Quebec, whose mission it is to help families manage the impact of mental illness through support, education, guidance and advocacy. The event will take place on on Thursday evening, Oct. 12 at Local 514 on Pare Street in TMR. There will be dancing, a Java-U catered dinatoire, complimentary cocktails and Andrew.

Carter has been the morning man at CJAD since 2003. Prior to that he hosted the afternoon drive show and did news and traffic at CJAD and CHOM. He grew up in Dorval and now resides in Pointe Claire with his beloved dog Penny. In 2010-11 he and his wife Cindy divorced. “At that time things became so overwhelming,” he said. “I got to the point where I just could not function and I felt like I was walking in quicksand. Absolutely anything could make me sad. You don’t even want to get out of bed feeling that way. So I started to see a therapist; I was prescribed medication. I went on and off anti-depressants. I am off now.”

How did he manage to remain on air? “People close to me would have noticed,” he said. “There were some mornings where I would leave the studio during a newscast, go to the washroom, sit down and just cry. In a weird way the studio was also a safe place for me. At one point I had asked for two weeks off for a vacation. After a few days I called in and I asked to go back on the air.”

Going public about his depression during last year’s Bell Let’s Talk campaign was a bold move. “I was bringing in celebrities to talk about depression and asking questions I knew the answers to,” he said. “So despite some people not thinking it was a good idea, I came clean. Since then I have had CEOs and people from all walks of life coming up to me, many saying they could not do what I did for fear of losing their jobs.”

Bravo Andrew! For tickets log on to www.amiquebec.org/Gala or call 514.486.1448.

ELECTION DEBATES: Beaconsfield mayoral candidates Georges Bourelle (incumbent) and James Bonnell, as well as Vaudreuil hopefuls Pierre Z. Seguin and incumbent Guy Pilon will be featured in the Global TV Focus Montreal debates airing this weekend. Other municipalities Global plans to cover in the lead up to the November 5 vote include Pierrefonds, Pointe-Claire and Anjou.

FAUDA STAR: On the eve of season two of Fauda, which will air on Netflix in early 2018, star Lior Raz is headed back to Montreal as the guest speaker for a much anticipated event on Monday evening, Oct. 23 at the Shaar Hashomayim Congregation in Westmount. The Ben Weider Educational Centre, under the auspices of the Chabad-Lubavitch worldwide movement, will host its annual dinner entitled “The Seminary- Feast of the Nations Gala” while bestowing the Chai-Life Award to retired Citizenship Judge Barbara Seal. To read my interview with Raz log on to http://www.thesuburban.com/columnists/mike_cohen_cohen_chatter.

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