Hi! My name is Chelsea, and I’m a mental health advocate living in Toronto.
I joke that I’m a professional oversharer, but what I really mean is that I share the things that most people don’t – my stories of living with depression (dysthymia), social anxiety, bullying, emotional abuse & trauma, failed relationships…nothing is off-limits.
Mostly I do this through speaking engagements and workshops, but I also have a blog, which you can find here, and I’ve been featured in some short films and written articles as well.
I believe that the stories of real people are the best tool we have to educate the world about mental health. I think that’s the best way to not just make people aware of what mental illness is, but empathetic as well. My mission is to create as much empathy and tolerance in the world as I can, and I only hope that my stories can help.
Communications Manager for Healthy Minds Canada (2015-2017, formerly Communications & Creative Projects Assistant from 2014-2015)
Jack.org “Jack Talks” volunteer (2015-2016)
SPEAK OUT Blog Founder/Editor-in-Chief (2015-2016)
President of Active Minds at the University of Toronto (2013-2015)
Graduate of the University of Toronto (2015) with a BA in English Literature and Book & Media Studies
Speaking engagements include:
(in)Visibility – keynote address
Full Session Meetings for the Aga Khan Social Welfare Board of Canada – keynote address
Aura Fashion Show – speaker
Mental Health In The 6ix – workshop
Depression & Anxiety In Young Adults – panel participant
ACT! – program developer and facilitator
Jack Talks presentations