The truth is, mental illness doesn’t look a certain way. As it stands now, its many incarnations are doing harm to people in all demographics and confidently venture into even the supposed off-limits parts of our lives, including home, worship, school and work. Recent suicides of the famous, the accomplished and the seemingly content points to the fact that much lies behind a forced smile, a distracting joke, or a “perfect” life. This keynote chronicles the story of my journey from the brink of suicide to the experience of mental health, outlining the cause, sharing insights, and offering simple actions we can take to help ourselves and other experience mental health. As a result of this keynote, attendees will learn: • What mental illness feels like, what it is, and what it isn’t. • The differences between attention, contact and connection. • Simple ways to create what can be a life-saving difference.