What Clients Are Saying
David is engaging and inspiring. His stories draw you in to deeply learn about the strangling symptoms of depression and the healing power of connection. His authenticity makes his presentation relatable to all audience members.
Karen Brockopp, LCSW, Director for Program Services, Hope Cooperative
Thank you for sharing your life experiences relating to Mental Health at Sutter Center for Psychiatry’s community event, it was nothing less than inspiring! It was truly impressive how you were able to capture the entire audience with personalized stories that drew heart felt laughs and tears. I particularly want to acknowledge you for your emphasis on the message of how connection is key when caring for those who need mental health services. Your positive message has made our team and community providers better equipped to provide the best care possible for our community in need.
Ixel Morell, MPA, MBA, Executive Director, Sutter Center for Psychiatry
Sutter Center for Psychiatry
We've all seen an uptick in leaves of absence for behavioral health scenarios where previously it was broken bones. As well, many of you, like me, are beginning to formulate your 2019 operational budgets. If you are not earmarking $$ for wellness education - including mental health, then you will only be able to react to things that come your way. A better approach is to prepare in advance, take a proactive stance, and be able to respond to issues as they arise in the new year. Mental wellness used to be a topic that was unpopular to discuss openly. Today, thanks to dynamic public health professionals, like David Woods Bartley, the subject is being discussed in coffee shops, water coolers, office parties, high school campuses, college orientation sessions, church sermons, and more. When we talk about something openly and freely, we move toward solving the problem - when we shun or repress it, it simply festers like an infected wound. If you have an opportunity to schedule David Woods Bartley to speak to your employees about mental health as part of your wellness efforts, I put my name and reputation on the line that you will not be disappointed. Your employees will tell you that it was a powerful talk and that they are walking away with a better understanding of mental wellness.
Scott Olsen, Sr. Manager, Human Resources, TSI Semiconductors
David Bartley is a wonderful story teller who can connect with and inspire people from all different disciplines and walks of life with his story of mental health recovery. He has had significant impact across our system as he has told his story to community members, policy makers, clinical staff and administrative support staff. His story is uplifting, gives appreciation to those who helped along the way, and reminds others of the importance of Behavioral Health services. His story is also a wonderful living example that Recovery happens and that there is a beautiful life created through the recovery process. In addition to David’s personal story, he has been an advocate and leader in the field as a Mental Health Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board member, an active member of our Consumer Council and Speaker’s Bureau and so many more local and statewide initiatives. He is has thoughtful and meaningful input across many areas of Behavioral Health. Placer County has greatly benefitted from having his talents and insights in our meetings and events. If you are looking for an inspiring speaker or thoughtful consumer advocate, I highly recommend his services.
Amy Ellis, Behavoiral Health Director, Placer County California
Placer County Adult System of Care
David is an outstanding speaker and an outstanding advocate for those dealing with severe mental issues . His ability to share his story of battling suicidal depression and of overcoming it...is inspirational and humbling He touches, moves and inspires.
Dr. Martin Rubin, MD, Professor, California Northstate Medical School
California Northstate Medical School