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.
AWARDS – 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.
SPEAKER – Schizophrenia Society of Ontario
MEMBER of the Mental Health & Addictions Community Advisory Panel (CAP) for St. Michaels Hospital