Speaking to the World
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Host, Inside Mental Health Podcast, Author & Bipolar Advocate
When Gabe Howard was diagnosed with anxiety and bipolar disorder at the age of 26, he believed his life was over. He didn’t know anyone who was living well with mental illness and he thought his future was doomed. He felt helpless, hopeless and alone. But through years of hard work, family support, treatment, therapy and lots of learning, he reached recovery. Read More >
But that feeling of being afraid of his diagnosis was something he never forgot. In fact, it turned into his life’s mission. “I wanted to be really, really vocal, so when the next person is diagnosed with mental illness, they think, You know there’s this one guy. He’s loud and seems to be doing OK,” he says.
Vocal for sure. Today, Gabe is an award-winning podcast host, author and sought-after speaker. Over the years, he’s had countless public speaking engagements and remains a go-to expert at conferences and in other media on matters of mental health and wellness, living with bipolar disorder and governmental or social challenges faced by people living with mental illness. In November of 2022, Gabe had the distinct honor of speaking at Oxford University in England.
Gabe is the only person living openly with bipolar disorder who hosts a podcast for a major media company. Inside Mental Health can be found on multiple platforms, like Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, YouTube, and over 1,800 other players. Each week, Gabe interviews celebrities, experts and other notables about psychology and mental health in a relaxed, conversational fashion anyone can understand.
His show has been honored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) with a Media Award and has received the Wego Health Best Podcast Award. Previous guests have included Dr. Phil McGraw, Alanis Morissette and Jennette McCurdy, among many others.
Gabe is the author of Mental Illness is an Asshole and Other Observations. He has also appeared in numerous publications and websites, including Bipolar Magazine, WebMD, Healthline.com and the Stanford Online Medical Journal. He’s been a guest on several podcasts, including Mental Illness Happy Hour, The One You Feed and The Savvy Psychologist. He also appeared on all four major news networks: ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX.
Among his many awards, he is the recipient of Mental Health America’s Norman Guitry Award and received a resolution from the Governor of Ohio naming him an “Everyday Hero.”
Gabe makes his home in Central Ohio with his wife Kendall and a Miniature Schnauzer dog that he never wanted but now can’t imagine life without.
Inspirational, funny and able to instantly connect with audiences, Gabe is both entertaining and educational. In addition to his keynotes, he offers workshops with more formal training and breakout sessions to teach, parents, educators and corporations how to help those with mental health issues. Read Less ^
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As far back as he could remember, Gabe Howard contemplated the pros and cons of life and death. It was a thought process he believed everyone had. It was as normal to him as the weather. Then by chance, he met someone who helped him deal with his suicidal thoughts and convinced him to get the assistance and support he needed. Gabe was committed to a psychiatric hospital and diagnosed with anxiety and bipolar disorder. That random friendship inevitably saved him and was a turning point in his life. Gabe shares his journey, from his early childhood to his four-year epic battle to control his mental illness to ultimately spending more time living life rather than managing his disorder. Highly educational, inspirational and full of hope, this presentation is perfect for anyone struggling with mental health issues, or who wants a better understanding or to help someone living with mental illness.
Talking about mental health, mental illness and suicide in the workplace can seem like an overwhelming task. But it is an important one to take on because chances are someone in your organization is impacted by mental health issues or is supervising someone who is. Gabe understands that a one-size-fits-all approach to mental health training that doesn’t take into account who is learning rarely succeeds. Gabe custom creates trainings based on audience, time availability and what takeaways are important to an organization. Ignoring mental health is the same as disregarding sexism or discrimination. They all can lead to lost productivity, retention, creativity and lawsuits. Let Gabe help you create a safe and mental health receptive workplace—one that normalizes mental health and boosts employee wellbeing, company morale and your bottom line.
Talking about mental health, mental illness and suicide on campus can seem like a monumental task. But it is an important one to take on because chances are there are a number at your university who are impacted by mental health issues. Gabe understands that a one-size-fits-all approach to mental health training that doesn’t take into account who is learning rarely succeeds. Gabe custom creates trainings based on audience, time availability and what takeaways are important. With mental health issues skyrocketing at colleges everywhere, there is no better time to learn more. Gabe can help you create a safe and mental health receptive campus—one that normalizes mental health and boosts student, faculty and staff wellbeing.
Being a teenager has never been easy. But today’s kids are dealing with so much more than we experienced in our younger years. From cyberbullying to trying to handle the effects of a worldwide pandemic to a constant deluge of knowledge and information, it’s overwhelming. And yet, the vast majority of them don’t turn to their parents or other adults who want to help to ask how to manage these difficult emotions and turmoil. So as grownups, how can we get them to open up or even recognize the warning signs if there is a problem? And if they are going through difficult times or experiencing mental health issues, how do we respond? In this class, Gabe Howard will answer these questions for you, plus so much more. It’s specifically designed to help adults start a conversation about mental health with the teens in their lives. (Because the reasons adults are involved with teens vary, this class is customizable both in terms of contact and time—i.e. parents need different information than coaches, for example).
“Gabe is natural at connecting with people from every walk of life. His story is a powerful, high-octane narrative of his unique, lived experience. The audience walks away knowing much more about mental health struggles after hearing Gabe present. I highly recommend Gabe’s speaking engagements to any person working in Health Care, Law Enforcement, or any field encountering crisis situations.”
"I would highly recommend Gabe as a keynote speaker because of his genuine ability to connect with people. He was able to talk about the serious subject of mental health illness in a way that was inspiring, enjoyable and also informative."
"Gabe is that rare speaker who can mix humor and pathos in his speeches, keeping listeners on seat’s edge, touching their hearts and minds while offering audiences a unique perspective that comes only from a presenter living with bipolar."
“We decided to bring Gabe to our National Co-Responder Conference to speak to his lived experience with bipolar disorder. We recognize that those living with a mental health diagnosis often must navigate the complexities of multiple systems and Gabe displayed an ability to speak to those challenges. He is a transparent and charismatic individual who is able to connect with a wide array of individuals – in our case co-responders and first responders.”
Mental Illness Is an Asshole And Other Observations
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