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Is your organization looking to book an “inspiring”, “engaging” and “personable” speaker to deliver a lived experience testimonial for your upcoming mental health conference or workplace wellness event?

Jean-François Claude takes his audiences on a journey of discovery, from his fall into the depths of double depression, his struggles with mental illness stigma, and his ensuing travels on the road to mental health recovery.

For turning personal adversity into public advocacy for men’s mental health, Jean-François was presented with a 2016 Inspiration Award from The Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health.

Jean-François frequently takes to the stage to share his story as a bilingual speaker with Partners for Mental Health and the Canada School of Public Service. His message is simple: it’s only by stepping out of the shadows and sharing our mental health struggles that we can truly begin to stamp out the stigma… and help people get better, sooner.

Here’s what audience members had to say about Jean-François’ speaking engagements on mental health:

“Your presentation was a huge hit! People were talking about it long after you’d gone. In the lunchroom at noon, the hot topic was mental health and how your presentation was fantastic and helped others to understand what those suffering with mental illness are dealing with. […] You were really engaging, personable, and added just the right touch of humour to an otherwise serious issue.”

– Josie M., Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement

“You were fantastic! Your story touched everyone, and it helped to bring about a greater awareness for this very important area. Your presentation resonated with everyone, and I have heard nothing but great responses and praises – from senior management, managers/supervisors, and employees alike – for the opportunity to hear you speak. […] You are inspiring, and it has been an absolute pleasure meeting you.”

– Christine M., Competition Bureau of Canada

To request Jean-François’ participation in your event, download and fill out this form as completely possible, and submit via e-mail to The Men’s D.E.N. a minimum of four (4) weeks prior to your proposed event date.

Please note that submitting this speaker request form does not guarantee Jean-François’ participation in your event; all speech requests will be confirmed or denied via e-mail within five (5) business days. Inquiries about this form may be sent to the above-noted e-mail address.


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2 responses to “Speaker Request

  1. Karine Goneau-Lessard, Director Marketing and Creative Services, Health Canada and Public Health Agency of Canada

    September 15, 2015 at 20:08

    Jean-François, you delivered such a great presentation to my Branch as part of our Charitable campaign efforts. You genuinely left a lasting impression, opening up a conversation among staff and helping us break down the stigma around mental illness… something that is extremely important in the communications field. Un gros merci!

    • mensdencanada

      September 16, 2015 at 20:36

      Thank you, Karine, for your very kind words. It was a pleasure meeting you and speaking with your Branch employees. Yes, as Communications professionals, we live in a 24/7 wired world. That much more critical that we learn to take the time for self-care. — JFC


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