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Having lived her life with chronic mental health illnesses (MHI), Andrea wants to de-stigmatise and sensitise people to the life of someone with MHI's. By presenting her story and highlighting the gifts it has brought her, she also wants to flip everything we believe about mental illness. Having been diagnosed with binge eating disorder, borderline personality disorder, OCD, ADD and being bipolar, she is now happily married and leads one of the most progressive projects working with people who inject themselves with drugs.

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Fighting Mental Illness

BY LOUISE HUTT
@ VOL 15 ON OCT 31, 2013

Anxiety effects an extraordinary amount of people. These people often cope with their anxiety by using social media. Louise Hutt is out to change misconceptions that people have about social media and people with mental illnesses.

"Presentation of the Day" on February 24, 2014.

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This is What Going Crazy Feels Like

BY BECKY CASTLE MILLER
@ VOL 24 ON DEC 09, 2014

In 2009, while dealing with undiagnosed postpartum depression, Becky Castle Miller experienced an emotional breakdown. She battled Major Depressive Disorder for two years. She wants to invite people into the experience of mental illness to help reduce the stigma surrounding public discussions of mental health. In January, she will be (re)launching an online magazine about women's mental and emotional health. 

"Presentation of the Day" on February 4, 2015.

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Mental Illness Recovery Journals

BY BRYNN MCDONNELL
@ VOL 2 ON JAN 21, 2016

Speaker Brynn McDonnell walks us through her experiences with mental illness through humor, personal stories, and research.

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Mental Rescue Society, Redefining the Conversation Around Mental Health

BY QUINN OHLER
@ VOL 25 ON JUN 09, 2016

"It's no surprise that there's a stigma around mental illness. Things are starting to change, but they need to change quicker."

Everyday thousands of people struggle to achieve what they feel is their definition of normal. Quinn Ohler is a member of Mental Rescue, a group of like-minded individuals bringing light to the shadows of mental health, by promoting physical and mental well-being. 

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Running in Silence: My Drive for Perfection and the Eating Disorder That Fed It

BY RACHAEL STEIL
@ VOL 14 ON SEP 07, 2016

Rachael Steil, author of Running in Silence, shares her story about the realization of the problems she encountered and how she overcame them!

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Re-Positioning Mental Health

BY MARK KORTHUIS
@ VOL 28 ON JUN 01, 2017

“It might surprise you that Abraham Lincoln, when he was the President of the United States, suffered from clinical depression. He suffered for the duration of his life, and at the time they considered that a character flaw.”

Mark Korthuis examines the history of mental health—where we've been, where we are now, and why the mental health landscape will look drastically different over the next 150 years.

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August 31, 2011

BY DAVID BARTLEY
IN SACRAMENTO

In this presentation, David Bartley speaks about mental health and suicide prevention.

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The Truth about Mental Illness

BY JAMES LOTT
@ VOL 14 ON NOV 30, 2018

James Lott has a lot of experience with mental illness. Listen to his presentation as he clarifies the realities of what mental illness is and is not.

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Call Me Crazy But....!

BY LAETITIA BOOYSEN
@ VOL 20 ON FEB 06, 2019

Laetitia Booysen was raised in a small town in the Northern Cape. As a teenager, she spent most of her time on the netball court in a freestyle dancing studio or in front of her textbooks.  She holds a BA degree with a major in Sport Science and Psychology a Post Graduate Certificate in Education as well as an Honours Degree in Psychology from the University of Stellenbosch. Laetitia is extremely passionate about long-distance running and has completed three Two Oceans Ultra Marathons and two Comrades Ultra Marathons to boot. She believes that exercise is one of the most important components of a healthy lifestyle.  Laetitia published her first book called, Bright is the Black Night, in August 2017. The book is both a testament to her journey with bipolar disorder and bulimia. The book provides support to those who are still travelling this journey. She has had the privilege of being a guest speaker at various events including two of South Africa’s most popular TV shows: Real Talk with Anele and Afternoon Express. Her goal is to create awareness on mental health problems – and to show others that they are not alone and that there is always hope!