Our speakers help those struggling with issues related to mental and emotional well-being to realize they are not alone and they can make it beyond crisis. Our goal is to educate audiences about the experience of mental health crisis and the path of recovery. To book a speaker and to inquire about rates please contact us.
Michael Lardie is the founder of Live Bravely- an organization which focuses on education and awareness related to suicide prevention. Michael’s passion for suicide prevention was inspired by the death of a close friend (Lisa Burke)
who died by suicide in 2004.
Michael has struggled with depression as well as anxiety and has contemplated suicide during a few crisis periods of his life. He speaks of overcoming those difficult issues and of the impact his faith has had on his life. He encourages his audience with his found points of courage, the courage to live, the courage to get help, the courage to help and the courage to remember the good things about those we have lost.
Michael has been trained in ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and SafeTALK (Suicide Awareness For Everyone: Tell, Ask, Listen, Keep safe.) He runs a 72 Hours for Life each year in Hamilton in Partnership with Living Rock Ministries. He has also recently started a inspirational clothing line which shares messages related to suicide prevention and raises money for his events.
Michael Lardie married Meaghan Beattie in 2005 and works with his wife on his outreach and fundraising projects.
Meaghan Beattie is the founder and director of The Emowell Project. Throughout her teens and early adulthood she struggled through general and social anxiety disorder, depression, self harm, drug addictions, and co-dependancy.
Meaghan found healing through natural health practices and enjoys discussing the potential for healing that is available to each of us. Her experiences of going through depression, battling addictions and thoughts of suicide have helped her become empathetic to those who are in the midsts of crisis. She shares real life experiences with her audience in order to build bridges of compassion and focuses on empowering others to become aware of the hidden unmet needs
One of her most important messages to share with her audience is that it’s okay to be human and that we can help each other heal by learning to be compassionate and empathetic.
Meaghan is now a certified laughter yoga leader, wellness coach and a singer songwriter with a five song album inspired by her journey of recovery called Dream.
Meaghan also works with her husband Michael Lardie on his suicide prevention outreach. She uses sales from her music and herbal products to help fund their projects.