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Brett  Francis

Brett Francis

Leading Mental Health Advocate

Biography

Do you have Tourette's? Awesome! How about anxiety? Great! Depression? So what?! ADHD, OCD? Right on! Brett Francis is a professional speaker and mental health advocate, with a TV and radio show. Her radio show, Not Broken® Radio, has 1.8M+ online listeners alone (Website, RSS feeds and podcast) and is heard on hundreds of stations throughout the globe! She’s also a best selling author and has a mental health clothing line, all aimed towards having open and honest discussion about mental health and disabilities and also to give confidence to those struggling. Read More >

When she was 6 years old, she was diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome and severe ADHD. At 17, she was also diagnosed with anxiety, OCD and panic disorder. She spent a large part of her life feeling broken, wondering what was wrong with her - depressed, as an outcast, even to the ones closest to her. In 2012 she was in two car accidents that left her unable to work for a year, and living with chronic pain ever since.

Yet, she's pushed on and came out stronger than ever, realizing that it’s possible for everyone to forge experiences like these into strength and personal power. This may be you, loved ones, friends or co-workers, since the solution doesn't need any particular talent. It’s a philosophy. A state of mind.

It can not only shape your life, but it will also help others in theirs. Her philosophy involves three simple approaches that have helped her and many others in overcoming mental health barriers, disabilities, anxiety and stress, difficulties in business, entrepreneurship, relationships, life and health! It helps you embrace your true self and feel empowered about it!

She's faced many challenges with anxiety, disabilities, life and businesses, and yet (or exactly because of it!) she came out on top as a strong business woman, the proud Owner, CEO and President of multiple companies. She's constantly learning and is passionate about expanding her knowledge.

She’s an active member in the community and currently involves herself with many things such as working with disabled, volunteering and fundraising as part of a number of mental health organizations and has been involved with many other causes and non-profit organizations in the last decade. She’s endorsed by mental health associations across the globe as a Mental Health Advocate, including but not limited to: Mental Health America and Canadian Mental Health Foundation, and is Mental Health First Aid Certified.

She started her first company when she was 22 years old. How? She practices her simple philosophy to overcome her barriers, and manage the ones she still lives with every single day. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

Speaking Reel

Embracing Challenges

Not Broken

Unlocking Your Full Potential

Speech Topics

The Invisible Woman Unlocking the Unique Power of Misunderstood People with Mental Health Challenges & Disabilities

“They see me but they don’t really see me." This topic is tailored to all audiences whether they are people who live with these challenges themselves, or it’s their loved ones, co-workers, bosses, and even people who don't have any personal or family experiences with mental health and disabilities. Brett focuses on general understanding, correcting misconceptions and teaching people how to talk about it and side-step the stigma. Turning disabilities into "abilities" and how we can embrace our challenges and use them to our advantage! She likes to do this in a fun and lighthearted way because people are less awkward and more inclined to be involved. Read More >

Well, Brett Francis brings a new outlook with a refreshing style when it comes to mental health and disability challenges. Her keynotes focus on proper understanding and how these challenges can be embraced and used as an advantage. She discusses these concepts in relation to life in general, workplace, entrepreneurship, relationships, school and overall physical and mental health. People with mental health challenges and disabilities are NOT broken! Read Less ^

The Things We Know But Do Not Say: Love Languages of Mental Health Challenges & Disabilities

Through personal experience, Brett has learned effective approaches to: Read More >

  • Educate others about mental health and disabilities
  • Overcoming obstacles & barriers
  • Managing anxiety & stress
  • Facing external difficulties and the attitudes of others
  • Breaking down and getting past the stigma
  • Turn disabilities into abilities.

These services are meant for any type of group seeking to increase their understanding of mental health and disabilities. This may be in relation to their own mental health, family, friends, co-workers, employees, students, school mates, the list goes on. She also has special keynotes and seminars for students in high school or post-secondary.

Not only that, but Brett is also an expert in helping children of all ages (from the youngest to teenagers) with their healthy development, living with challenges, and assisting their parents in understanding them better. Just a few of her points relating to children are: Read Less ^

  • How to communicate properly (and to get them to express themselves verbally!)
  • How to understand what they’re saying without words
  • How to treat children when it comes to mental health
  • How to teach them positive mental health, properly expose them to mental health situations and practice resilience
  • How to get more mature responses and to empathize
  • Helping parents understand their children and the mental development of their brain
  • How to guide them to the make the right decisions
  • Understanding that it’s okay to fail... and never to give up!

Is Everyone Here Crazy? Managing Mental Health in the Workplace

Each speech/seminar targets very important levels within an organization that can have a major impact on people suffering with mental health challenges and disabilities as well as severe corporate/organizational economic loss. Read More >

Any and all groups, from all kinds of backgrounds can and will benefit from the knowledge and understanding of Brett, and be able to apply this in their own lives, both with themselves and with each other, vastly improving day-to-day life and interactions.

People will often hide their problems, especially at a workplace setting, but these issues do not discriminate, and neither should you!

Increase Productivity by Identifying & Reducing Workplace Stressors

  • Dealing with anxiety and depression primarily caused by stress
  • Identify stress in employees and implementing stress reduction strategies to increase productivity
  • Identifying and reducing emotional issues that get in the way of effectiveness at work

Improve Team Performance by Improving Communication & Decision Making

  • More successful work relationships
  • Understanding your own and others communication styles - Verbally and non-verbally
  • Establishing healthy communication and mutual respect, especially when there are different personality types

Increase Understanding & Acceptance Of Different Personalities By Dealing Respectfully With Difficult Coworkers Read Less ^

  • Dealing with difficult people and poor or negative attitudes
  • The challenges we have working with people who are different than us
  • How to handle problem child employees