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Sharing Lived Experience

Welcome To Peer Talk

Real Stories of Mental Illness from Hope + Me Peer Talk Speakers

“Talk to someone who’s been there.”

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Peer Talk Speakers Bureau

Hope + Me’s Peer Talk Speakers Bureau is a unique, volunteer lead speaker series designed to reduce the stigma and fear surrounding mental illness. Peer Talk speakers share open and candid ‘lived experience’ of how mental illness has affected their lives and the lives of their loved ones.

We’re proud to partner with Toastmasters International to help educate and engage audiences while building this exceptional program. Together, our speakers put a face on the realities of living with mental illness.

Peer Talk speakers listen to your questions and provide open, respectful dialogue to foster discussion–and empowerment to remove barriers and find the help we seek.

Real People, Real Stories

Meet our speakers: Courageous individuals sharing their lived experience with Mental illness

Jenny
Jenny

Jenny earned her B.Sc. from the University of Toronto and was a senior technical analyst in the IT field for over 20 years.

Monica
Monica

Monica holds down the fort in a household with two daughters battling depression, PTSD and other issues including addiction and anorexia.

Merle
Merle Rosenstein

Merle is a retired provincial public servant and freelance writer. She has volunteered with Hope and Me for four years.

Rhonda 
Rhonda

Rhonda is excited to be turning 50 soon and is always happy to share her life experience. For Rhonda, it is important to inspire anyone and everyone.

Amanda
Amanda

Amanda is committed to lifelong learning and sharing what she has learned through education and her lived experience with bipolar disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

  • Jenny

    Jenny

    Jenny earned her B.Sc. from the University of Toronto and was a senior technical analyst in the IT field for over 20 years.

  • Monica

    Monica

    Monica holds down the fort in a household with two daughters battling depression, PTSD and other issues including addiction and anorexia.

  • Merle

    Merle Rosenstein

    Merle is a retired provincial public servant and freelance writer. She has volunteered with Hope and Me for four years.

  • Rhonda 

    Rhonda

    Rhonda is excited to be turning 50 soon and is always happy to share her life experience. For Rhonda, it is important to inspire anyone and everyone.

  • Amanda

    Amanda

    Amanda is committed to lifelong learning and sharing what she has learned through education and her lived experience with bipolar disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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