Presentations for Organizations and Institutions

Fear and silence still pervade our workplace. We are afraid to speak up. We fear what people will think. We fear putting our jobs in jeopardy, regardless of our talents and skills for the work we do. I see it among my peers, and I see it as an educator. Change is imperative. With the right measures in play, healing can happen. It is clear that with acceptance and compassion, we achieve higher levels of success in any profession, in any school. I lived it, I proved it, and I now share my story. No one should ever have to live a lie as I did, yet so many do, day after day, in fear of being judged. My story of hope and healing is one that resonates in schools and the workplace. When we open up, when we share our stories from the heart, we can heal from severe illness and make a difference. I am proof. I am a survivor.

My name is Chris Nihmey. I am a mental illness advocate, illness survivor, presenter, teacher, and author of four books including my memoir, Two Sides To The Story: Living A Lie, Chipmunka Publishing, UK, my battle with mental illness, which has sold well-over 2000 copies. Since its release in 2013, I have had the wonderful opportunity of speaking to students and employees throughout Ottawa and beyond about my story of hope, resilience, purpose, and healing. Healing CAN happen. We can speak time and time again about mental health, wellness, and stigma, but when a survivor shares their own life experiences, and their road to healing, the impact is profound. Attitudes and views change forever, as does compassion and acceptance for sufferers and their loved ones.

I lived a lie, hiding my illnesses for over a decade to avoid discrimination and prejudice. No one should have to do this. We all have a story to share. I now share mine. We are not alone.

“I am not the illness. I have an illness. SEE THE PERSON, not the illness.” -Chris Nihmey

 

Preparatory and Follow-Up Activities

This DOCUMENT outlines activities that members of your school/organization/institution can implement prior to, and following my talk, to ensure that my message is well-received, understood, and reinforced. I will provide staff with a 6 page document which includes mental health links, resources, effective tips & ideas, and several ways that teachers/parents can educate their students and children at home to create awareness, understanding, and compassion for those who struggle. Included are steps that teachers/parents can take to receive direction and treatment for their own ailments. Each listener will receive a bookmark that links to my website. On my website are many mental health links and resources, including a contact page where I can be reached following my talk. Help is always available, prior to, and following my talk. Never hesitate to reach out. Early intervention is the key.  

Time for Presentation: Approximately 1 hour 

Presentation Fee: $400 for one presentation, $500 for two, $600 for three.

Creating Mental Health Awareness In The Workplace

Since 2013, I have spoken at approximately 50 different schools and venues about my battle with mental illness and finding hope, purpose, resilience, and healing in my life. My feedback has been superlative. I would love to come out to your university, college, organization, or institution to present.

My goals:

  • Educating and understanding mental illness
  • Inspiring hope, purpose, resilience, and healing - healing CAN happen
  • Never give up, always look up - every step counts
  • The utmost importance of loving support – empathy, acceptance, and compassion
  • The dangers of stigma and the fight to eliminate it

We are all responsible for those in our workplace, especially those suffering from sickness, bullying, abuse or neglect, lacking the support that many of us have. This leads to suffering and in some instances, suicide. Taking your life is never a choice, but a decision impacted by circumstances within and around us. Reaching out to someone is. We must destroy the fear and shame that accompanies sickness. Until our loved ones, our peers and workmates, feel they can safely step forward and share their stories without judgement and prejudice, they will choose to hide and ultimately lose hope. They must know, deep down, that they are not alone. Every life matters. Hope and healing is a gift we all deserve.

Will I travel to your city? Most definitely. I would love to visit. There will be reasonable travelling expenses needed for trips that require 2 or more hours of driving.

If you are interested in a visit, please click on the "Reserve Your Presentation Now" button. This will take you to my “Contact Chris” page. Thank you.

Testimonials

"Thank you again for your wonderful, energetic, empowering and solutions-oriented presentation! I wish you every success expanding your clientele and taking your presentation and message to new heights!"

Shannon Parsons - Ottawa SALUS Community Mental Health Services

 

"Chris recently came to Longue Sault PS to speak to my staff about his journey. He hit it out of the ballpark ... wow!  My staff were blown away by his story and message which contained useful, research based information which can be used to support all public education stakeholders. I highly recommend Chris Nihmey as a professional speaker for any organization interested in increasing their capacity to properly support mental health in their workplace.

Kieran Kennedy, Principal, Upper Canada District School Board

 

"On behalf on the MHWG at First Unitarian, I want to thank you again for your wonderful presentations this morning. They were very inspirational and extremely well delivered. One indication of how you touched many of the congregants was the brisk sale of your book (27 sold) which I look forward to reading. Given all your skills, I am sure you will have a good deal of success in sensitizing people to the challenges of living with mental illness and to the importance for everyone to listen and accept."

 Paul McGinnis, Chair, Mental Health Working Group, First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa

 

"I am full of admiration for you as you tell your story, warts and all, no euphemisms or skirting around the issues.  It is so important to do what you are doing."

Katherine Elliott, Church Council, First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa