Jean-Francois Dupras

Alpinist, Adventurer and Mental Health Advocate

Jean-Francois Dupras is originally from Québec, but he have been living in Canmore Alberta for the past 15 years. Most of his life Jean-Francois have been looking for a career opportunity where he could help people, just to realize, a few years ago that he was the one that needed help first.


It was following traumatic events in his early teens that he began to be affected by depression, without really knowing it. At that moment in his life, Jean-Francois tried every possible means to free himself from this suffering that prevented him from living a normal life. From substance abuse, stealing and gambling, he tried to live any high sensations that would make him feel alive again, without success. At the age of 20 years old, he felt more confused, lost and frustrated than ever before, until one night he decided to end his life.


Over the next few years, Jean-Francois went through several phases related to depression. Finally 5 years ago after a work related injury and a second depression, he made the hardest decision of his life, harder than any mountains he ever climbed and decided to seek professional help. That decision changed his life forever. It was only with the help of medication and professional guidance, that he have been able to make peace with his past, to love himself and to simply enjoy life. From that point on, not only did he start to live a better life, but he decided to help and inspire other people.


Shortly after,  Jean-Francois created a project called Overcoming mental illness One summit at a time, his mission with his project and his talks is to share his story in order to raise awareness about mental health, still misunderstood by the majority of the population, and to demonstrate the importance of listening to one’s passion and following one’s dreams. We all have a mountain to climb !


Jean-Francois Dupras dream is to climb the 7 summits, the highest summit on each of the seven continents in the name of mental health. Climbing the 7 summits is a mental and physical accomplishment only completed by less than 430 persons worldwide and only few Canadians.

Topic Presentations

This presentation is a message of hope. The goal is to increase awareness and understanding of mental health. 

 While sharing my personal story with depression, I demonstrate that despite life’s challenges, it is possible to overcome all difficulties and be happy. We all have mental health and it is important to take care of ourselves physically and mentally and to cultivate positive self-confidence in order to live a fulfilling and balanced life.

During this presentation, I will explain how, thanks to my passion for climbing and the outdoors, I was able to overcome my depression. With images and videos from my latest expeditions, we set off on an adventure towards the realization of our dreams!

Together, we learn how to end the stigma surrounding mental health and that asking for help is a sign of courage, not weakness.

We all have a story to tell! 

The goal of this presentation is to inspire people to pursue their dreams and passions, while helping participants find purpose and meaning in their lives. Each of us has a passion, a gift that is the key to our happiness. 

With this presentation, I want to try to show how, with determination, courage and discipline, it is possible to create the life we dream of and to overcome any challenges. 

With the help of striking images and videos, I want to share with you my adventures around the world and my quest to climb the 7 summits, the highest peak on each of the seven continents.

With passion and humour, I explain how I have become happier in my daily life thanks to the skills I acquired in the mountains and my ascents. 


Concepts covered

  • Perseverance and courage 

  • Mental Health 

  • Wellness and personal development 

  • Success and surpassing oneself 

  • Determination and motivation 

  • Resilience, overcoming fears and overcoming obstacles 

  • Finding our life purpose 

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