Mental Health Advocate
I was honored to be the Keynote Speaker for Mental Health Awareness alongside The Ontario Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, Michael A. Tibollo. I have spoken on stages all across North America and my life mission is to remove stereotypes and myths about mental illness, by educating and changing the world for the better. Being an advocate is important to me because I believe the only way we’re going to remove the judgment and discrimination surrounding mental illness is by sharing our stories. I was diagnosed with General Anxiety Disorder back in 2007, which is a mental illness with symptoms of excessive worry for long periods of time. It totally took over my life and I was admitted to rehab for months of intense therapy. The journey was a long road to recovery but now I have the cognitive behavioral tools to cope and manage a healthy balanced life. I look forward to speaking at your next event to help spread awareness and stop the stigma.
In Chapter 5 of my book A Fresh Start I reveal my my deepest darkest times battling Anxiety Disorder. Here's an excerpt:
Anxious thoughts filled my head and it was depleting me. My negative thoughts controlled me. I didn’t want to seem like a failure. I had to be perfect to feel whole. I allowed these worries to consume me and to dictate who I was as a person. I allowed people’s actions towards me validate who I truly was. It didn’t matter what I thought of myself, it mattered what THEY thought of me…or what I “THOUGHT” they thought of me. My perception was often a misunderstanding or an illusion. I often jumped to conclusions and worried. I felt unworthy. This anxiety was my “normal”. Buy Now
Green is the official color of Mental Health Awarenss Month! Green symbolizes nature and represents tranquility becuase it's so calming and soothing. For me, taking a peaceful walk in nature by the waterfront and sitting in the grass with my blanket amongst all the beautiful plants and greenery with a good book helps diminish the ongoing stresses of life restoring me back to a sense of well- being. Research shows outdoor green space provides health benefits, encourages exercise, socializing, and can help with psychological restoration. Feeling down? Get outside and get into some peaceful green!
My Mother's Day online Celebration was held in recognition of Mental Health Month during the 2020 global pandemic,and 100 women particpated in the live event nationwide. The celebration included encouraging words for mothers, a guitar performance, an interactive cooking segment, and an interview on overcoming motherhood adversities. Psycologist. Dr. Natasha Williams and I gave a message on managing mental health.
Shame Over is an easy to read book designed to break the stigma and supports men to release the shame of mental illness. I co-authored with Social Worker David Grant who specializes in the emotional and mental health of boys and men, he holds a Master of Social Work Degree and is an expert in his field. Each chapter includes various challenges men face such as depression, stigmas of masculinity, PTSD, addictions. mental distress. Buy Now