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David Bartley

Mental Health Speaker, Trainer, Writer and Advocate, David Woods Bartley in Sacramento United States

Like most people, David Bartley has seen his fair share of successes and setbacks: from directing a nationally recognized nonprofit to battling a life-threatening mental illness.

But over the last six-plus years, David has successfully navigated from the isolation of mental “hellness” to the inclusive space of mental wellness.

Along the way, David has learned how to successfully manage his condition with a host of supportive practices centered around the notion of Whole Person Care, and by leveraging the power of connection.

Currently, David serves on the Executive Committee of the Placer County Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Advisory Board (MHADAB). David also sits on the Board of Directors for the local chapter of the Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), and Bread of Life, a community-benefit educational non-profit.

David is a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the International Association for Youth Mental Health, and the Stability Network. David holds certifications in Mental Health First Aid for Adults, Mental Health First Aid for Youth, SafeTALK (Suicide Awareness for Everyone), and QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer) an innovative suicide prevention technique.

David has been invited to speak before a wide range of audiences across the country, giving keynote speeches and leading workshops on the topics of mental health, employee engagement, student wellbeing, and congregational care to organizations such as the United States Food and Drug Administration, UC Davis, Sacramento State University, William Jessup University, Lyft, Vision Service Plan, CalPERS, the United Methodist Church, the California Highway Patrol, and the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department.

David’s goal for each speech and workshop is the same: to shed light on the issue of mental illness, teach people ways to create and experience hope, and open doors to the possibility of mental health for all.

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August 31, 2011


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