Recovery Strategies for Mental Health

Saturday, 27 February 2016
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (Registration at 8:30am)
Calgary, AB

An event for those living with a mental illness, their family members, caregivers, front line workers, professionals and those interested in this issue.

Join us and walk away with:

  1. HOPE!
  2. Current neuroscience information in relation to those affected by mental illness
  3. Understanding of a variety of symptoms
  4. A fresh perspective
  5. Tips to cope and thrive
  6. Seven steps for a Recipe for Success based on Elizabeth’s book Being Mentally Healthy

Where: First Alliance Church, 12345 40 St SE, Calgary, AB T2Z 4E6

Cost: $49+GST with early registration at


or $69 at the door

[Note: Light lunch included *(not gluten/allergen free)* If you have dietary restrictions it is advised you bring your own bag lunch.]

For more information call Elizabeth at 403-271-0707 or www.beingmentallyhealthy.com

Presenters: Mental health advocate, Elizabeth Anderson; psychology graduate, Erika York, who majored in neuroscience and schizophrenia; caregivers, Wade Anderson and Fay Herrick; and MC creativity expert Tony Esteves of IOnTheBall.ca


The ABC’s of Being Mentally Healthy

The ABC’s of Being Mentally Healthy is my new crowdfunded coloring book project. The letters on the left hand side of the page to color, match the first letter of the tip that tells how to be mentally healthy on the right hand side of the page. It appeals to both right brain and left brain– to both creativity and logic.

Coloring is a great stress reliever for anyone
• Adult coloring books are becoming very popular
• Attitudes are changing about mental health as awareness increases
• Why not combine these trends?

This coloring book is a great support tool to help you journey towards being mentally healthy whether or not you have a mental illness.
ABC’s include: A Accentuate the positive,B Be of service to others C Celebrate life’s gifts etc.

Available Spring 2016

Your support is so greatly appreciated!

Please share and help spread the word!

Have fun with the coloring book!

Enjoy being mentally healthy!

Don’t forget to add to the campaign!**Boost of any amount will get your name mentioned on a thank you page in the coloring book+ corresponding reward!


Thank you in advance!

My Story So Far

My journey to reinvent my self started after being diagnosed with  anxiety depression and schizophrenia. My recovery began when I started sharing my story to help end the stigma associated with a mental illness through the Schizophrenia Society Partnership Program.
After being asked by a student in one of my presentations at a local university whether I would write a book about my life. I replied  No,too daunting! The professor came up to me after and said “ If you write a book about your life I will use it as a text book”. My memoir Being Mentally Healthy (in spite of a mental illness) was published in 2012.
I have trademarked Being Mentally Healthy and the Being Mentally Healthy Company was born. I set three goals: to distribute the book, get a website, and speak for a living. I am doing all three. The book is now required/recommended reading at three universities ,my website is beingmentallyhealthy.com and I have done 1000 speeches and am an international speaker having spoken in Chicago for the Forum for Behavioral Science in Family Medicine. I am the recipient of the 2013 True Grit Award ,Lt. Governor Circle On Mental Health and Addictions for my body of work. I have had help to achieve these goals through Momentum in Calgary including this idea to crowdfund.
The ABC’s of Being Mentally Healthy is a new crowdfunded coloring book. I am hoping you can visit the site and add to the campaign!

To Boost my campaign go to




TAKE ON Mental Illness Reflections

Take On Mental Illness on November 7th came up fast but I was prepared. The day went so very well. We talked about timely intervention, the right medication, supportive people, a reason to hope, a reason to be well, and having something important to do which are the ingredients in my recipe for success.
Recovery is apparent to me when I can plan an event and get the support I need to pull it together. I had three guest educators including my husband Wade,my mentor Fay, and Erika a neuroscientist and a fantastic emcee Patricia Morgan. Friends Michelle and Shannon were on hand to help out as well. The audience was made up of peers, caregivers and advocates who gave me great feedback. It was a great day.
I am so humbled by the people who have come along side of me and have helped me. You know who you are. Thank you for believing in me and what I am trying to do which is give a message of hope that recovery is possible. People with mental illness are great people (who happen to have something awry in the wiring of their brains which does not change the fact they are great people). Even in the time I have been doing this work attitudes are changing for the better.