Delivering the message of hope that people can recover from mental illness is Elizabeth Anderson’s life work. 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, Partnership Program, Calgary Branch.
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. She self-published her book, Being Mentally Healthy (in spite of a mental illness) and continues to be booked as a speaker.
In 2012, she launched The Being Mentally Healthy Company and her website www.beingmentallyhealthy.com. In 2013, Elizabeth received the True Grit Award Lt. Governor’s Circle on Mental Health and Addictions. Last year, Elizabeth became an international speaker when she did a plenary keynote in Chicago for the Forum for Behavioural Science in Family Medicine. Also, Elizabeth has trained to be a Certified Peer Specialist (Georgia Method), is now a trainer for this tool based recovery course.
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, one she is eager to share with those searching for a new paradigm for mental illness.