Every year, CMHA hosts its Mental Health Week in May with this year’s initiative taking place May 6-10. Created to rally together communities, schools, and workplaces in support of protecting and promoting mental health, many organizations take this as an opportunity to bring in experts and host a mental health check-up for their teams.
Below is a selection of some of our most requested mental health speakers in May. Discover how they’re helping audiences learn how to better support their mental health, both at home and work.
Celebrating CMHA Mental Health Week
Movement is Medicine
One of Canada’s most decorated Olympians, Clara Hughes spent more than a decade in competitive sport before realizing her physical extremes were masking a severe depression. She retired from sport to heal and has since emerged as one of Canada’s most committed mental health advocates.
Today, Clara shares her revelatory and inspiring journey from physical and mental pain to a life where love and understanding can thrive to inspire audiences to face their fears, find their voice, and become the champions they’re meant to be.
Fire Up Your Mental Health!
While some people may assume mental health is only a topic of interest for those who struggle with anxiety, depression, or mental illness, Anthony Mclean shows audiences how their energy levels, mood, and ability to think clearly are a reflection of their mental health.
In this upbeat presentation, Anthony draws from his newly released book, All Fired Up: Optimize Mental Health to Ignite Joy and Fuel Peak Performance, to equip audiences with actionable tools to optimize energy levels, stimulate creative thinking, and approach every day with enthusiasm and joy.
Mental Health: The Building Blocks for a Strong Foundation
Named the first National Volunteer for the Canadian Mental Health Association in 2022, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau is a celebrated and passionate mental health advocate.
In this presentation, Sophie explores the science behind brain health and draws on her own mindfulness and yoga practices to offer fresh and educational insights into mental health. She leaves audiences empowered and equipped with the tools and strategies needed to enhance their emotional literacy and move forward on a path of wellness.
The workplace is both an opportunity and risk for mental health, with positive environments seeing increased team performance and productivity and toxic environments being a source of excessive stress, low morale, and high turnover.
Currently a resident doctor in psychiatry, Dr. Chika Stacy Oriuwa dives deep into the mechanics of wellness and what it looks like on an organizational level. She equips audiences with effective strategies for supporting mental health and wellness, on a personal and organizational level.
The Crazy Game: How I Survived in the Crease and Beyond
No job in the world of sports is as intimidating, exhilarating, or as stress ridden as that of a hockey goaltender. Now imagine doing that job while suffering high anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, and depression, and having that career nearly and literally cut short when a skate sliced across your neck.
Clint Malarchuk, the famed former NHL goaltender, shares his extraordinary and heart wrenching life story in his relentless effort to help end the stigma of mental illness.
Unbreakable: Finding Strength in Adversity
In 2013, Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter Kellylee Evans was struck by lightning while washing dishes in her home. This accident put her body in a constant state of fear, stress, and anxiety that has plagued her with chronic pain for the last decade.
Through intense therapy, Kellylee rewired her brain to coax her mind and body back to safety. In this keynote concert, she combines original songs and powerful storytelling to share her journey to recovery, emphasizing the important role mental health plays in our overall well-being.
Bring on the Joy! Building Resilience and Engagement in Times of Change
Years of flux and uncertainty have left high rates of burnout and disconnection. It’s more important now than ever to foster a sense of well-being and engagement in the workplace. That’s where Jessica Holmes comes in.
A celebrated comedian and Bell Let’s Talk ambassador, Jessica presents a moving, funny, and energetic talk that reveals simple, sustainable steps to improve mental health and reengage a sense of purpose. Jessica’s call to action combines comedy with inspiration from the field of positive psychology.
Nurturing Mental Health and Well-Being in the Workplace
As an award-winning Registered Nurse and health equity activist, Birgit Umaigba delves into the profound impact workplace environments, policies, and practices have on employees’ mental well-being.
Drawing from personal experiences, Birgit illustrates the role leadership has in creating a culture of openness, destigmatizing mental health issues, and providing resources for employee support. She leaves audiences empowered with the knowledge and tools to break down barriers, prioritize self-care, and create positive work environments.
Everyday Resiliency in Ever-Changing Times
With stress, uncertainty, and unrest at a record high, Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe shares accessible and practical strategies to help audiences foster resiliency and wellness within themselves and others.
Drawing from her bestselling book, Calm Within the Storm, Robyne walks audiences through her theory “Everyday Resiliency: The Five Pillars” to help people regain a sense of calm and order in ever-changing times. She leaves audiences inspired and equipped to establish new daily systems and routines to increase productivity and decrease overwhelm.