Justin Brien

Justin Brien

Kelowna, British Columbia
Mental Health Expert - PTSD, Trauma, Psychological Safety & Emotional Agility Specialist, Author
Justin Brien is a mental health awareness expert, passionate transformational life coach and inspirational speaker. His personal experience in overcoming suicide and substance abuse and in living successfully with ADHD, anxiety and depression fuels his motivating message of hope and perspective and informs his effective strategies and tools. Justin is a champion for living our best lives and his powerful story of finding his why helps break down stigma and brings awareness to others who don't understand and brings hope to those who desperately need it. They matter. You matter.
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  • Employee Management
  • Health & Wellness
  • Mental Health
  • Personal Growth
  • Resilience & Adversity
  • Awareness Days
  • Conference
  • Conferences & Summits
  • Corporations & Businesses
  • Education & Teachers
  • Family & Parenting
  • Government Departments & Agencies
  • Guest Panelist & Guided Q&A


Justin Brien is a mental health awareness expert, transformational life coach and inspirational speaker. His raw and painful journey into and back out of the depths of addiction and suicidal depression have afforded him powerful insights into the mechanics of effective and enduring life strategies to live his best life.

Justin grew up in Salmon Arm, BC where he enjoyed a promising early career as a hockey player, later playing throughout the province for various teams within the BC Junior B hockey leagues. Despite his athletic success, Justin Brien was dogged by seemingly unshakeable insecurities. His low self-esteem and lack of self-confidence found him seeking validation in any available form. Inevitably, drugs and alcohol provided a vicious quick fix to the inner turmoil he was experiencing. Unwilling, unable and afraid to ask for help from a world that told him mental health issues were for the weak, Justin spiraled into a shadowed life. By age 21 his hockey career was over after a series of concussions, despite his attempts to hide his medical condition, his depression and his addictions. His life had become a blur of working nights as a bartender, after-hours parties and depression-laden mornings of guilt, shame and remorse and months-long bouts of suicidality. And it only got worse from there.

Not long after his first child was born, Justin Brien experienced a powerfully motivating and transformational moment as the result of asking himself a series of transformational questions. In a terrifying moment of facing two options – end it all or ask for help – Justin asked for and accepted help.

Justin’s discovery of his WHY is a driving force behind the mightily motivating and guiding work he does to help others realize their own WHY and to translate it into effective strategies, tools and daily practices. A passionate inspirational speaker, best-selling author, transformational life coach and mental health awareness expert, Justin immediately engages his audiences with his highly relatable story told with emotion and humour, passion and energy.

Now five years sober, Justin Brien enjoys an inspired and motivated life with his wife, son and daughter, having returned to his hometown of Salmon Arm, BC. He is now a fulltime life coach, inspirational speaker and works as the mental health liaison for Mr. Mike’s restaurant chain. He is the host of The Stronger You Project podcast, featured on Spotify and is an Amazon best-selling author with his recent book Chasing Shadows: Fighting The Monster Within. His solid understanding of the foundations for a good life helped him and his wife lead their family in successfully navigating the challenges of the birth of their beautiful daughter, born with Down Syndrome, and the resulting barrage of complications and surgeries their little fighter faced.

His direct experience in facing life on life’s terms offers audiences a captivating and motivating message that affirms no matter one’s circumstances, past experiences or even current feelings and emotions, a better and brighter future filled with happiness and belonging is possible. And he invites you to follow his lead by transforming your own life with practical and efficient strategies to realize your own best life. Justin Brien firmly believes there is a magic in each and every one of us and through the power of sharing his story and passing along of his knowledge to others in support and understanding of what they are going through, he helps to defeat negative stigmas that hold us back from getting the help we need and to champion for mental and physical health.




Hockey 2 Hell And Back


Hockey 2 Hell And Back Ft. Justin Brien - Inspirational Speaker and Life Coach

Chris Voss Show

Chris Voss

Justin Brien Author / Motivational Speaker / Transformational Coach

Pursuing Uncomfortable

Melissa Ebken

Pursuing Courageous Vulnerability with Justin Brien

Justin Brien Topic Presentations

mental health

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  • Justin knowledgeably and compassionately talks about different avenues we can take to get help and he offers clear strategies and tools for healthy coping mechanisms and how to address traumas. He shows audiences that mental health is vital to a healthier, happier and fulfilled life and explains how our mental health is our operating system – it controls our thoughts, beliefs, and actions and if we ignore our mental health it may lead to things like substance use disorder. Justin Brien expertly guides audiences to the understanding that we must protect our mental health.

substance use

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  • Sharing from first-hand experience, Justin Brien shows people what can happen when their substance use gets to the problematic stage and shares how it can take things away from us like friends, family, jobs and even your life. He focuses on how to recognize when you or someone close to you may be in that stage.


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  • Justin Brien emphasises that everything we do in life comes down to personal choices. He helps his audiences to recognise that, throughout our lives, we will be tasked with making many choices and how those choices can hinder and hold us back from creating our futures. He explains how our choices not only affect us but those around us and how, with smarter choices, we can build towards a better future.

adversity / resilience

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  • In life, we are going to be faced with many different experiences, setbacks and hurdles that are outside of our control. We were born resilient, whether we chose to believe that or not, and it is in those times that we are called upon to face adversity and be resilient that will shape who we become as individuals. Justin Brien expertly guides audiences in recognizing and successfully navigating these crucial moments.

health and wellness

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  • Mental health is just as important as physical health. That is why it is important to make time for both. How do we do that? By scheduling in time for our mind and body, watching what we consume physically and mentally – whether it’s food, books, news, social media or tv. Justin Brien talks openly to audiences about developing solid practices to align with these principles.

personal development

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  • To get anywhere in our lives we must be able to set ourselves up for success. It’s been said, “When we stop growing, we die.” Making personal development part of our routine is paramount to living a more successful life in terms of reaching goals. That can be defined by our daily rituals, routines, and habits. Justin Brien leads audiences to develop their own practice of dedicating time to personal growth as a way to help take a step closer to destiny.

acceptance and forgiveness

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  • Just like with adversity, we are going to face things in our lives that are outside of our control and we can be hurt by them. It may be a loss of a loved one, a job or someone may hurt us. But to be able to move on, we must accept it. That doesn’t mean we have to like it but we must accept that it truly happened so that we move on, stop living in our past and start to create the future that we desire. Sometimes though, the thing that we are going to have to accept is something we did, and the person we are going to have to forgive is ourselves. Justin Brien engages his audience in a motivating discussion on how to do this.


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  • No matter what your abilities are or what your past holds, you deserve to be given an opportunity to thrive. Justin Brien shares with his audience how he was able to get his life back after being hired for a job even when the company knew of his addiction struggles and mental illness diagnosis. As a passionate and vocal advocate for inclusion, he hopes the same for his daughter who has Down Syndrome. He works to bring awareness so that she is accepted for her disabilities and is recognized that she still has abilities and engages his audiences in sharing in this important goal.

finding your why

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  • We all have a WHY. Justin Brien credits finding his WHY to playing an instrumental role in his first steps to recovery and, ultimately, for saving his life. With a strong enough WHY as your anchor he shows people that we don’t only start there. We must follow it up with basing decisions around that WHY and then we must figure out the HOW. With his raw, vulnerable, sometimes hilarious and ultimately inspiring story, Justin shows you just how that can be done.


As a teacher in Vancouver’s downtown eastside, many of my students are faced with pitfalls such as gangs, drugs, and alcohol. Often, the children feel confined by environmental influences. When Justin spoke to my class, I could see their visceral reactions to his message. He conveyed optimism and provided strategies for students to realize their limitless potential. His words still resonate in my classroom today as a source for inspiration for my students.

Justin Borsato

Britannia School

I just heard Justin Brien speak for the first time, and I can’t wait for him to come back! His message about the importance of mental health told through his personal stories grabbed the attention of my grade eight students – you could hear a pin drop in the gym. His raw, authentic, and emotional delivery of his message needs to be heard by more than just my students. And yes, there were moments of humour, too. If you are looking for a heartfelt, charismatic, inspirational speaker who can relate to teens, invite Justin Brien to speak at your school.

Matt White and Roni Wocknitz

Shuswap Middle School

It has been almost a month since Justin visited Merritt Secondary, and I still have students and staff commenting on his presentation. Seldom do speakers have the kind of lasting impact that Justin has left on our school community. I can’t wait to work with him again in the future.

Dave Andersen

Vice Principal
Merritt Secondary School

Justin Brien worked with 120 of our school’s grade 7 & 8 students. From the time he began to the time he finished, students were engaged with Justin and his message. Not only was his message poignant, but it was also relevant and timely for the kids – Mental health, positive self esteem and relationships, the dangers of substance misuse, and the importance of connection. Justin emphasized that nobody needs to do it alone and that help is always available. And he delivered it in a way that kids relate to with the right amounts of passion, energy and humour. Justin also did a session for school staff that had professional educators engaged and thinking. I can’t say enough about the...

Scott Anderson

A.L. Fortune Secondary School

I highly recommend Justin Brien as a speaker for any workplace seeking to promote better mental health and well being. Justin delivered several sessions to our employees at Gorman Bros. Lumber, including those in Production, Maintenance, Sales, Accounting, and Woodlands. His story as a father, son, brother and husband is relatable and resonates with so many. The feedback from both employees and supervisors has been overwhelmingly positive. Justin’s sessions help to reduce the stigma often associated with discussions around mental health. It is essential that our employees feel supported in all aspects of their lives, including their mental health and well being. Justin’s visit to our...

Bria Young

HR Coordinator
Gorman Group

When a colleague first made me aware of Justin as a mental health advocate and public speaker, it resonated with me as aligning with our values at SMS. We met to learn more about Justin to see what he could offer and quickly knew that his message was one we wanted to share with our team. He asked great questions of us to ensure his presentation was relevant to his audience. And was it ever. Justin’s dark yet inspirational story, and presentation skills are powerful, and he had our teams captured and completely engaged from the very beginning through the entire hour. He took us on an emotional journey that had everyone relating to at least part of it, in some way, and genuinely made an...

Dale Heichert

Operations Manager
SMS Equipment Kamloops

Articles & Media

Salmon Arm mental health advocate helps others to find their ‘why’

Salmon Arm Observer

A Salmon Arm man has taken it upon himself to help others find their ‘why.’ Justin Brien is a mental health advocate, inspirational speaker and life coach who is dedicated to helping people fight their inner battles and strengthen their mental fortitude.

Inclusivity, mental health focuses of upcoming Salmon Arm job fair

Salmon Arm Observer

Connections, resources and inspiration await those seeking work, as well as employers and employees, at a job fair planned for Salmon Arm. The WorkBC Shuswap Inclusive Seminar & Job Fair will take place Tuesday, April 18, at the Prestige Harbourfront Resort. The event brings guest speakers,...


Heads Up Guys

Finding my ‘why’ was the biggest thing that helped me to turn around my life. There was a time I thought my son deserved better than what I could give him, but I turned that around to what if I got better for him, then I could get better for me, then I could help other people get better.


Chasing Shadows: Fighting the Monster Within
Chasing Shadows: Fighting the Monster Within
This is a book about recovery, redemption, overcoming obstacles, and loss. It highlights struggles with mental health, substance use, and suicidality. It will take you through the journey of one man's struggle to find inner peace as he chases a dark path of loneliness. Battling his own mental...
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