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Andrea Paquette        

Mental Health Advocate, Founder & President of the Stigma-Free Society

Andrea Paquette, is the President and Founder of the Stigma-Free Society, formerly the Bipolar Disorder Society of British Columbia (BDSBC) in Canada. She created the Bipolar Babe Project in 2009, and thereafter, an impacting website, which offered people a place to connect and find valuable mental health information. The Bipolar Babe Project evolved into her Charity in 2010 during a time where mental health was rarely discussed.

The Charity renamed as the Stigma-Free Society in 2016 and offers six programs provincially in British Columbia, Canada. The organization's service delivery includes peer support groups and presentations programs for both youth and adults. The Society offers programs to schools and the community on the topic of stigma, with a focus on mental health. Their purpose is to create awareness and understanding of various stigmas, while encouraging people to be accepting of themselves and others. Paquette promotes a Stigma-Free culture and a Stigma-Free Zone movement across Canada, which aims to create awareness, understanding and acceptance.

Paquette is passionate about educating today’s youth in school and adults in the community about the stigma surrounding mental health and additional societal stigmas that negatively affect people’s perceptions of themselves and others. She shares her passionate personal story of struggle and triumph since her bipolar disorder diagnosis in 2005 throughout multiple venues internationally.

She is an award winning mental health activist, educator, facilitator, speaker and published author. Andrea has presented her story at over 500+ schools, workplaces, community organizations and events, while reaching over 50,000+ people.

Paquette has received the 2019 President's Commendation Award from the Psychiatric Association of Canada. She is the Provincial 2015 Courage To Come Back Award Recipient in the category of Mental Health given by Coast Mental Health, 2013 Mel Cooper Citizen of the Year Award, and the Winner for Youth Mentorship from the National Council for Behavioural Health in Washington, D.C.

Paquette is recognized as the winner for Vancouver Island's Business and Community Award - 2015 Top 20 Under 40 Award. She has also been named as an official spokesperson for the 2016 Faces of Mental Illness Campaign for the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH). She has been featured on a Bell Let’s Talk Public Service Announcement (PSA) aired nationally in Canada and multiple media outlets that showcase her personal story. Andrea is a 2018 Nominee for the Women Influencer Awards from the Women’s Collaborative Hub and a 2017 nominee for the YWCA Women of Distinction Community Champion Award.

Speech Topics


Bipolar Babe: An Intimate and Honest View into my Journey with Bipolar Disorder (30 min)*

Andrea shares her personal story of struggle and triumph about her bipolar disorder diagnosis. This talk is especially helpful for those who are curious about how life can be for someone who has a mental illness. Andrea’s talk is inspiring, hopeful, entertaining, and shared in a transparent and authentic manner. Her presentation is also engaging shared as a hybrid of bright beautiful pictures on the computer screen and her speaking virtually while addressing a captivated audience online.

Bipolar Babe: Living Stigma-Free & My Personal Bipolar Journey (1 hour)*

Andrea possesses extensive expertise in the field of mental health having created a Charity specifically dedicated to mental wellness and the elimination of stigma. Andrea discusses images of stigmatized people and circumstances that are damaging to those living with a mental illness. She also shares her story of struggle and triumph of living with bipolar disorder and offers an anxiety reducing exercise online. Lastly, Andrea shares practical tips on how to stay well our mental health. She also is open to answering up to 10 minutes of Q and A with her talk as many people often feel inspired to learn more about mental health and Andrea’s story.

Andrea’s Personal Story & a Chat with Andrea AKA Bipolar Babe (30 min +30min)*

Andrea shares her personal story of struggle and triumph about her bipolar disorder diagnosis. This talk is especially helpful for those who are curious about how life can be like for someone who has a mental illness. Andrea’s talk is inspiring, hopeful, entertaining, and shared in a transparent and authentic manner. Her presentation is engaging as a hybrid of bright beautiful pictures on the computer screen and her speaking virtually while addressing a captivated audience online. This particular presentation offers a Q and A session with Andrea for up to 30 min. Andrea is an engaging individual who is at ease with an audience curious about mental illness, stigma and is excellent at offering answers to the many important and difficult questions that people may have.

News


The Island's top 20 under 40

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