Mike Stroh

Mike is a mental health advocate, speaker, educator, and consultant. He lived with addiction, depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues for 18 years before entering recovery.  Mike has unique personal and family experience that he draws from to share his message of courage, hope, resilience, and joy. Mike encourages people to see how “We’re empowered by our experience, not inhibited” and to ‘Be the change that you wish to see in the world.’ – Gandhi

He launched ‘Starts With Me’ a mental health consultant, education, and speaking business as a platform to share his message.

imgresAWARDS – Nominated for the 2014 Innovation in Teaching award: the Jane Paterson Award for Team Collaborative Teaching and Learning. This award recognizes a team who embodies a collaborative approach to teaching and learning. This award is the first of its kind at CAMH – a centre-wide award to acknowledge teaching excellence!

SPEAKER & CO-FACILITATOR – Beyond The Cuckoo’s Nest at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Stigma, Mental Health & Wellness education program.

logos3SPEAKER & CO-FACILITATOR– Headstrong Summit – Presented by the Mental Health Commission of Canada & Mood Disorders Association of Ontario
MARCH 31ST 2015, APRIL 9TH 2015


SPEAKER – Schizophrenia Society of Ontario


MEMBER of the Mental Health & Addictions Community Advisory Panel (CAP) for St. Michaels Hospital


SPEAKER for Let’s Learn How to Feel presented by Active Minds @ York Universtiy & the International Bipolar Foundation. JAN 29TH, 2015


Starts With Me


  1. Hi, my name is Shirley Lee, a support group leader in the Greater Toronto Area , providing support for people who are affected with a neurological movement disorder namely Dystonia. I work as a volunteer for the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation Canada, and I got connected to you from our Executive Director, Stefanie Ince.

    The GTA support group is looking for motivational speakers or professionals like yourself who have experienced anxiety and depression. Someone who can provide a talk about Anxiety and depression, how to cope and learn ways or techniques in managing this condition. People living with dystonia also need to deal with anxiety and depression as a secondary problem due to chronic pain and constant muscle spasm, to some people their involuntarily awkward movements affect their daily living.

    Just want to know what are your charges and if you will be available to give a talk on a Friday afternoon, or Saturday morning, so we can plan our program schedule next year.

    Please let me know if this is possible and we can discuss further.


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