Monday, August 19, 2019

The Mental Health Comedian with Frank King

Frank King, aka The Mental Health Comedian, is a Suicide Prevention and Postvention Public Speaker and Trainer who turned a lifelong battle with depression into a keynote worth spreading.After writing for the Tonight Show for 20-plus years and performing corporate comedy, Frank’s attention…His mission is to end the stigmasurrounding mental health by share his insights with anyone and everyone who will listen in an effort to “start the conversation.” Frank has thought about killing himself more times than he can count. Like many of us, depression and suicide run in his family. He addresses his own trials and tribulations using a tool people from all walks of life can relate to, humor. With his TED Talk A Matter of Life or Death” he openly addresses topics considered taboo in today’s society.

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Turning reading disability into a superpower with William Manzanares

William Manzanares IV—a member of the Puyallup Tribe in Washington State—grew up unable to read. He later found out he had dyslexia, overcame these obstacles and transformed himself into a successful serial entrepreneur. He wrote I Can’t Read to give the literacy conversation a much-needed jumpstart.

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Breaking Into My Life with Michelle Dickinson

Author of Breaking Into My Life. Michelle challenged and transformed the mental health stigma that prevents so many from seeking & receiving treatment. She wrote Breaking Into My Life to help herself—along with the rest of us—better understand the world of mental illness. She hopes her story of perseverance and triumph helps challenge and transform the “suffer in silence” dynamic, and makes mental illness more understood, treated and accepted.

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Friday, August 2, 2019

Treasuring "Rhythm And Poetry" with Adrian DeBarros

Adrian DeBarros has gone from participating at tech startup hackathons, to having a book of rhymes published (A Poet and his Errant Pen), performing open mic poetry along with on stage rhyming performances (Denver Ignite), to becoming a recording artist. His most recent musicial release, Treasure, is out on all streaming platforms, which is inspired from his most recent vacation to Caye Caulker Belize (2019), and a visit from a distant, yet familiar face. Collaboration and human interaction is at the core of Adrian's motivation - team mentality is what gives him a slice of purpose. Family, friends, and like-minded individuals give him the other slices. As an artist, Adrian goes by his last name, DeBarros. He brings the sillyness of everyday life, and puts positive humorous spins through his lyrics. He's versed in a variety of song-types through his songs and freestyles (pun intended). He strives to make you "feel" through his music, laugh, smile, and get choked up with tears, human emotion is his target - he's aiming at your eardrums, which hopefully, finds its way to your heart. You can hear his new song, “Treasure” here: Youtube - You can also find Adrian on social media: Instagram - @adriandebarros | Twitter @AdrianDeBarros

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