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☑️Have open and honest conversation about mental health and disabilities
☑️Reduce the stigma and increase awareness and education about mental health and disabilities
☑️Inspire others to use their mental health as an advantage and embrace there challenges
☑️Share true personal stories of hardship and triumph
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“From the first time I met with Brett her passion for advocating for persons living with mental health diagnoses was evident. Her dedication to the idea of equality is contagious, and her story touched everyone that was in attendance – some of our clients even pulled me aside after the event to thank me for finding such a motivational and fantastic guest speaker such as Brett! I would encourage anyone and everyone to book Brett as your next guest speaker for any and all future events, you will definitely not be disappointed!”
Sarah Thomas - CCRW
"We were thrilled to have Brett Francis speak to our students at our Roads to Success Career Fair. Brett's message was passionate, informative and relevant to the needs of our event. Brett also provided a parent information session that evening that was very well received. I would highly recommend Brett as a presenter. Her personal life experiences and knowledge make her a strong advocate for positive mental health, in the workplace and in life!"
Tracy - SW School Division
"I have watched Brett overcome many barriers and stigmas associated with Mental Health and Disabilities. She has taken those challenges and used it as strength to persevere. She not only takes pride in being a person with a disability, but she in still’s pride in others who doubt themselves or struggle with disability related issues. She is a strong inspirational advocate and uses her multimedia sources to reach out to as many people as possible in the disability community. In 2016 so far, Brett has been nominated for the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards, the Champion of Mental Health Awards and now that Startup Awards for Canadian Resilient Entrepreneur Award.
Over the last 3 years she’s accomplished mountains more than individuals who may not face barriers in society. If someone tries to tell her she can’t do something, she uses that as energy to fuel her drive and not only achieve her goals and expectations, but surpass them. Brett deserves to be recognized not only for all her hard work as an entrepreneur, but as the community voice for people with Mental Health and Disabilities who may feel as if they don’t have a voice. She has spoken for us numerous times and plan to continue having her back, every time we bring her in we have to turn people away from her talks. I would recommend bringing her in to speak, you won't be disappointed."
Chelsea - NSILC
"Have Depression? Cool! Got ADHD? Right on! How about Anxiety? Awesome!
How's that for a disruptive approach to mental illness?!
When I heard those words last night, 2 things happened. First, I did a double take. Then I sat up straight and listened hard, as Brett Francis delivered a fresh and honest message about mental illness.
Brett is a professional speaker and an entrepreneur. She has written a book, records a radio show, and is really freaking strong (just look at her arms!). Brett also has Tourette's syndrome and first hand experience working through other mental illnesses. And she says "that's great!"
Last night, the Business & Professional Women hosted an amazing event, with inspiring women spreading important messages. The thing about important messages is that they need to be shared. Not just by the people who were a part of the story, but by people who have heard the story. And the story I heard last night about celebrating mental illness is one that needs to be shared.
Say what now? Isn't mental illness this terribly, horrible, dark and scary thing that we want to avoid at all cost? After all, even Clara Hughes admits on her website that she couldn't bring herself to tell her own mother about her depression (her Mom found out from T.V.) because she didn't want it to be a burden. So, why should we celebrate something that is such a burden? Well...
Who says it's a burden? What makes it a burden? Who says it's not a good thing? How can mental illness possibly be a good thing? Is there anything in your life that you've been able to say, or do, or feel, or express - because you have a mental illness? Maybe you're able to empathize with others on a deep and genuine level. Maybe you are very in tuned with how others are feeling. Maybe you developed a sense of strength. Maybe you've written a book or a blog. Maybe you've been able to share your story with 1 other person who now has hope because of you. Those are just a few of the reasons why mental illness is worth celebrating.
I came away from last night looking at mental illness with a different lens. A positive lens. And although it doesn't feel quite right say that yet (it's a huge shift in mindset!), it also feels very right.
To all my friends who are struggling and triumphing as you read this. Right on! You are who you are, and I love you for it - not in spite of your mental illness, but because of it."
Kelly - Disrupt HR