“I am mentally healthy in spite of my diagnosed mental illness. My favourite thing to do is to share the wisdom this journey has taught me with those searching for a new paradigm of mental illness” - Elizabeth Anderson

Elizabeth Anderson

Mental Health, Resilience Expert

It is Elizabeth Anderson life work to delivers a message of hope that people can recover from mental illness. Since 1995 she has impacted more than 1000 audiences with the story of her journey from illness to recovery to victory.

Early successes in her recovery include being part of the World Psychiatric Association’s 1998 Anti-Stigma campaign and being one of the collaborators and original cast members in the play, Starry Starry Night, through the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta’s, Calgary Branch, Partnership Program.

After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Culture from the University of Calgary in 2010 (post-diagnosis) she decided to follow her dream of being an author. Elizabeth self-published her memoir, Being Mentally Healthy (In Spite of a Mental Illness).  Recently, Elizabeth launched her second book the ABCs of Being Mentally Healthy Colouring Book which is a recovery activity book with 26 tips on improving positive mental health.

In 2012, she launched The Being Mentally Healthy Company and beingmentallyhealthy.com.

Elizabeth has told of her journey and recipe for success to audiences, such as the Family Medical Forum, University of Calgary 50th anniversary celebration, and internationally at the University of Wisconsin, Forum for Behavioural Science in Family Medicine (Luncheon Keynote). Recently, Elizabeth has also facilitated her 90 minute workshop at the 2016 IACAPAP World Congress in Calgary Alberta.

Elizabeth has been recognized for her efforts as the recipient of the True Grit Award Lt. Governor’s Circle on Mental Health and Addictions and is an CTV Inspiring Albertan. Elizabeth, an example of someone living with a diagnosis, is resilient. She knows that being mentally healthy in spite of a mental illness is a journey, a journey she is eager to share with those searching for a new positive paradigm for mental illness.

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Being Mentally Healthy is Elizabeth’s story about the events leading up to her diagnosis and ongoing recovery process. Easily focused and tailored to your event, this presentation can be timed to suit your needs (can be combined with Option 2 below).

This presentation is the recipe for success that is outlined in Elizabeth’s book Being Mentally Healthy (In Spite of a Mental Illness). The recipe includes: timely intervention, the right medication, supportive people, a reason to hope, a reason to be well and something important to do, with the seventh ingredient revealed at the event.

This talk is for medical professionals.

Elizabeth shares with participants the best ways to understand the experience of mental illness from the patient’s perspective. With the strategies outlined, clinicians can increase their awareness and empathy, and gain tools which can result in better outcomes for patients.

This talk will be published as part of a university edition of the book.

This presentation contains a great message of hope to help people manage the stress of Christmas. The three Christmas angels of graciousness, loving kindness and thankfulness can help you manage Christmas, instead of Christmas managing you!

Elizabeth has been in business for five years and has taken lessons she has learned in her years of recovery from mental illness and have applied them to her business, The Being Mentally Healthy Company.

The complimentary recovery language and the seven questions are a peek inside what makes a successful business. Suitable for a graduation or business audience.

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