CHRIS NIHMEY - AUTHOR & MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCATE

Chris Nihmey is an Ottawa-based mental health advocate, author, presenter, and teacher.

For over a decade, Chris battled three life-debilitating illnesses: Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder.

Knowing the extreme dangers of stigma in society, he made a decision to hide his illnesses, living only one side of his life in front of others. He hid behind an unexpected ally, writing, and found hope through words.

In 2013, Chris released his poignant memoir, Two Sides To The Story: Living A Lie (Chipmunka Publishing, UK). The book has sold more than 2,000 copies and is a source of hope to supporters and those suffering from mental health problems and mental illness.

As a mental illness survivor, Chris Nihmey promotes the need to end stigma and discrimination. Through writing and speaking, he aims to further educate society on mental illness, and the dangerous effects that stigma has on both sufferers and their families.