Skip to content
image of a speakers group

Meet Our Speakers

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. She was injured on the job by sexual harassment and retaliation.

Despite her severe injury, Jenny fought and succeeded in many advocacy battles for 12 years. But her case has not been heard yet.

Monica
Monica

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

She stood by her husband of 25 years in a long struggle with bipolar disorder until his recent passing. She speaks about resilience, self-care, and how unconditional love (and pets!) can keep a family together and moving forward against all odds.

Merle Rosenstein
Merle

Merle is a retired provincial public servant and freelance writer. She has volunteered with Hope and Me for four years in various capacities including on the TIPs warmline, co-facilitating the Hope and Me support group for people with anxiety and depression, and giving presentations to patients at Humber River Hospital.

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 to carve out a life for themselves no matter what. She lives with DID, Complex PTSD, Anxiety, and Dysthymia.

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. She has a BN, MN in nursing. She is currently completing her MSc in Global Mental health by writing a dissertation on the disclosure of mental illness by healthcare professionals. Through Peer Talk, she is excited to share her journey and continue to learn from those around her.

Erin
Erin

Erin is a Registered Nurse working in the mental health and substance use field. Erin’s experience with depression and anxiety began during her teenage years and has persisted throughout her life. Ultimately, Erin’s experience with mental health has impacted most, if not all, of her life choices, including her career path. Erin is passionate about eliminating mental health-related stigma, creating safe spaces, and making mental health care equitably available for all. She hopes that by sharing her experiences, Erin can advocate for change and make people feel comfortable talking about mental health.

Bart
Bart

Bartholemew Hugh Campbell is an Author, Performance Management Consultant, International Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator, Peer Support Associate with the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario (Hope+Me), with over 25 years of leadership experience in people development, operations management, and active member of several boards. Yet he still makes time to share his skills as a Research Advisor at the Centre for Mental Health & Addiction, the Patient Advisory Committee at Sunnybrook Hospital, etc.  By sharing wellness and recovery stories, Bart hopes to inspire those who are affected directly or indirectly by mental health to break free from stigma or self-stigma to find wellness and enjoy a great quality of life. Peer Talk gives him an opportunity to do so globally.