Mental Health Advocate Gabe Howard shares his personal struggles with Bipolar and his strategies for managing the disease.
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Gabe Howard is a motivational speaker, mental illness blogger and writer, as well a person living with severe mental illness. Over ten years ago, Gabe was diagnosed with bipolar and anxiety disorders after being admitted to a psychiatric hospital. Later, he would be terminated from his job with a Fortune 100 company, giving him firsthand experience of discrimination against the mentally ill.
Realizing that ignorance of mental illness was a direct cause of the fear, discrimination, and stigmatization people with mental illness face, he has made it his mission to raise the level of people’s understanding about these disorders.
His enlightening, comical, motivating, and entertaining speeches challenge the audience to see things from a different point of view. He uses his life with severe mental illness as inspiration and has since gone on to be a professional non-profit fundraiser, community relations expert, business owner, and motivational speaker. He is currently the managing director of reTRAINING Minds, a workplace training company that provides consulting, education, and workshops to businesses all over the United States.
Gabe currently serves on The Ohio Empowerment Coalition’s board of directors and has served on the boards of several other organizations; has been a paid advocate, speaker, and fundraiser for local charities; has testified in front of the Ohio General Assembly; has been a guest lecturer at multiple universities, including The Ohio State University; assists with police officer training through the Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) Program; worked with veterans suffering from mental illness; served on the Suicide Prevention Counsel; and has done many speaking appearances in multiple states for audiences of all sizes. In addition to his work with groups, Gabe has worked one-on-one with hundreds of families and people with mental illness.
Gabe is the co-author of the Anxiety-Schmanxiety blog on HealthyPlace.com, writes a monthly blog for the International Bipolar Foundation, has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Columbus Dispatch, Columbus Monthly, NAMI Advocate, multiple Suburban News Publication (SNP) newspapers, WCMH channel 4, WBNS Channel 10, multiple over-the-air radio outlets, multiple internet radio stations and podcasts, company training videos, Agency Internet Promotional Videos, and many newsletters and online blogs. He has also been a guest columnist in several online publications and blogs and has been used as a resource by criminal defense attorneys in Columbus, Ohio.
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