Do you live with a mental health or disability challenge? Do you know someone who does? Do you feel that the topic is widely misunderstood, both by those living with it and the general population? Do you want to understand better?
Here are just some of the facts:
- 1 in 5 people struggle with mental health (43.8M in the US and 7.17M in Canada)
- 80% of those are left with no/insufficient treatment
- Mental health is the cause of 1 /3 of disability claims
- 1M US and 500,000 Canadian employees miss work every day due to mental health or workplace stress
- Economic loss due to mental health in America is $193.2 billion and $10 billion in Canada per annum
Well, Brett Francis brings a new outlook with a refreshing style when it comes to mental health and disability challenges. Her keynotes focus on proper understanding and how these challenges can be embraced and used as an advantage. She discusses these concepts in relation to life in general, workplace, entrepreneurship, relationships, school and overall physical and mental health. People with mental health challenges and disabilities are NOT broken!
Through personal experience, Brett has learned effective approaches to:
- Educate others about mental health and disabilities
- Overcoming obstacles & barriers
- Managing anxiety & stress
- Facing external difficulties and the attitudes of others
- Breaking down and getting past the stigma
- Turn disabilities into abilities.
These services are meant for any type of group seeking to increase their understanding of mental health and disabilities. This may be in relation to their own mental health, family, friends, co-workers, employees, students, school mates, the list goes on. She also has special keynotes and seminars for students in high school or post-secondary.
Not only that, but Brett is also an expert in helping children of all ages (from the youngest to teenagers) with their healthy development, living with challenges, and assisting their parents in understanding them better. Just a few of her points relating to children are:
- How to communicate properly (and to get them to express themselves verbally!)
- How to understand what they’re saying without words
- How to treat children when it comes to mental health
- How to teach them positive mental health, properly expose them to mental health situations and practice resilience
- How to get more mature responses and to empathize
- Helping parents understand their children and the mental development of their brain
- How to guide them to the make the right decisions
- Understanding that it’s okay to fail... and never to give up!
IMPORTANT: All of the event topics below are very customizable. Whether it’s a banquet, conference, school/college, corporate event, seminar, training or other, we will work with you to ensure we achieve your goals. You choose from options below to create an awesome program tailored to your specific event.
Brett's presentations are guaranteed to engage your audience!
Here are her three most popular topics:
"The invisible woman unlocking the unique power of misunderstood people with mental health challenges and disabilities"
“They see me but they don’t really see me" - This topic is tailored to all audiences whether they are people who live with these challenges themselves, or it’s their loved ones, co-workers, bosses, and even people who don't have any personal or family experiences with mental health and disabilities. Brett focuses on general understanding, correcting misconceptions and teaching people how to talk about it and side-step the stigma. Turning disabilities into "abilities" and how we can embrace our challenges and use them to our advantage! She likes to do this in a fun and lighthearted way because people are less awkward and more inclined to be involved.
"The things we know but do not say - Love languages of mental health challenges and disabilities"
Understanding others with mental health and disabilities:
- How to communicate properly, verbally and non-verbally
- How to understand yourself
- How to understand others
- How to know what you or they may need for help
- How to ask for help
- How to provide support or offer help
- How to have a healthy, functional and fun relationship (no matter what the diagnosis or challenge)
"Is everyone here crazy? - Managing mental health in the workplace"
Each speech/seminar targets very important levels within an organization that can have a major impact on people suffering with mental health challenges and disabilities as well as severe corporate/organizational economic loss.
These topics are delivered in an entertaining and motivational way that opens up greater conversation and wider awareness about mental health and disabilities which gives the opportunity to educate others. The more people there are talking about it, the more attention it gets and the more it gets taken out of the dark. It is totally possible for a person living with mental health challenges and disabilities to use their experiences to grow into the person they’ve always wanted to be! It depends on the right state of mind, and Brett has dedicated her life to helping people achieve that.
Even if you always felt that there is no way to turn things around, there is, and Brett is ready and willing to hold your hand on that journey. She is endorsed by mental health associations across the globe as a Mental Health Advocate, including but not limited to: Mental Health America and Canadian Mental Health Foundation, and is Mental Health First Aid Certified.
If there is anyone that can help you take your life back, it’s Brett. Book her as a keynote speaker at your next event.