FOUNDER & DIRECTOR OF STARTS WITH ME
Mike Stroh is a mental health speaker, consultant and educator. Drawing from unique personal and family experiences, he shares a message of courage, hope, resilience, and joy.
Mike has a plethora of self-care practices he draws upon to encourage people to see how “We’re empowered by our experience, not inhibited” and to ‘Be the change you wish to see in the world.’ – Gandhi.
Mike founded Starts With Me as a platform to share his message. Working with schools, community service providers, hospitals, and businesses, Starts With Me launched the ‘State Of Mind’ Festival to support gaps in education and services along with empowering families and individuals to increase their capacity for well-being. Mike’s inspiration to improve system services comes from his experience as a family caregiver to his brother who lives with schizophrenia.
Currently, Starts With Me is partnered with the Toronto District School Board and the Toronto Catholic District School board to deliver mental health talks, presentations, and workshops. Starts With Me has provided custom training programs for the City of Toronto, Atlantic Packaging Ltd, Layup, the YMCA-GTA, and delivers many talks and presentations to corporate clients.
Mike is the parent of two young children, one of whom is now in the school system. His passion to help youth build resilience and well-being motivate his work with schools.
Knowing we all have challenges; Mike continues to learn and develop his skills. He is studying a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology graduating in 2020 to further his expertise. Mike currently sits on the Ontario Drug Policy Research Networks Citizens Advisory Panel and the St Michael’s Hospital Community Advisory Panel for Mental Health and Addiction.
MIKE IN THE NATIONAL MEDIA