Mental Health Speakers

March 15, 2016
Mental Health month is right around the corner. Ever May for over 65 Years, Mental Health America has led campaigns and events to help in spreading the word that mental health is something everyone should care about.This year’s theme for Mental Health Month is – Life with a Mental Illness – and will call on individuals to share what life with a mental illness feels like for them. Now is the time to lock in some speakers for your Mental Health event marking the occasion. In this blog, we’re highlighting some of our most requested & thought-leading Mental Health speakers: GSA-Divider

Mark Henick | Mental Health Advocate

Informed by his direct experience with stigma and the mental health care system as an adolescent, Mark dedicated his life from an early age to opening minds and creating change. He offers keynotes on The Business Case for Better Mental Health and Being an Everyday Advocate for Mental Health in addition to Mental Health Awareness Workshops. Earlier this month, he unveiled a petition directed at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in opposition to the recent parliamentary committee’s recommendations: that doctors assist in the death of people with mental illnesses who want to die by suicide. He believes the committee overlooked what our real responsibility as a compassionate society is to people living with mental health problems. Mark argues we need to ensure that they have every reason to live, and every option to thrive. You can view the petition here or watch a Canada AM interview on the petition here. Mark is seen as a go-to expert for Mental Health questions in the media. He recently sat down with Kevin Newman on W5 for an in-depth interview on keepings suicidal patients safe:


Ann Dowsett Johnston | Public Policy & Addiction Expert

An award-winning journalist, Ann is well respected for her expertise in higher education, alcohol addiction and public policy relating to both. For 14 years, she oversaw two bestselling projects: the Maclean’s university rankings and the Maclean’s Guide to Canadian Universities. Her Mental Health keynotes look at Mental Health and Addiction and Stigma and Addiction. Ann’s book Drink recently inspired film-maker Phyllis Ellis to create the film Girls’ Night Out, which recently had a broadcast premiere. A deeply personal point-of-view film embedded in the stories of young women engaged in, and in ‘recovery’ from, this toxic epidemic, the film offers an intimate conversation around this very serious issue and explores the  story of what’s happening to young women at university campuses across North America with often damaging consequences. Check out the film’s trailer below:

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Hon. Roméo Dallaire | International Champion of Human Rights, Award-Winning Author and Leader

Lt. Gen Roméo Dallaire’s rescue of thousands in the Rwandan genocide as commander of a UN peacekeeping force, and his heartfelt message of humanity has made him one of the most sought-after speakers in the business and the star of bestselling books and films.  He offers keynotes on LeadershipConflict Resolution in addition to Mental Health Awareness. In his Mental Health specific talks, Dallaire opens up about his personal experience dealing with PTSD. Late last year he spoke with a crowd of paramedics on the issue:

Dallaire made news last week by speaking out against the jihadist group ISIS and it’s recruiting and indoctrinating of children. He spoke out on the long-term effects that could be seen within a generation growing up exposed to an extremist-based curriculum from birth.


Séan McCann | Addiction Survivor & Founding Member of Great Big Sea

Séan McCann, widely known as a member of internationally renowned band, Great Big Sea, has spent the last 20 years travelling around the world enamouring audiences from Copenhagen to California. Today his mantra is ‘help your self’, breaking the silence on his past addiction, abuse and using music to change his life for the better. His mental health keynotes discuss Survival, Empowerment and The Healing Powers of Music.
“I know firsthand the value of talking about your problems and facing them and not keeping them inside.” -Séan McCann
Earlier this year, Sean became an ambassador for Bell Let’s Talk where he had the chance to speak out and sing about mental health and addiction.


Nova Browning Rutherford | Personal Development Coach Transforming Past Pain into Progress

Nova masterfully weaves the life lessons she has gathered from her interactions with celebrities and the downtrodden alike to deliver instantly relatable presentations. A survivor of depression, abuse, addiction, and assault, Nova’s sincerity and humor are refreshing to audiences looking to be inspired through a Mental Health presentation. Nova recently made another appearance on The Social to discuss the topic of finding love for the things you don’t enjoy.

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A full list of our Mental Health speakers can be found here. To find out more about how these speakers can bring inspiration & spark a new way of thinking for your audience reach out to us.