Wade Sorochan is an accomplished broadcaster and national award-winning speaker, author and mental health advocate. Nicknamed the "Tone Arm," Wade became the first broadcaster in history to spontaneously use song clips to enhance a radio talk show. He is recognized as a talk show pioneer. As a mental illness survivor, Wade is a sought after keynote speaker sharing his inspiring personal story of his life-long struggle with mental illness and ground-breaking information on how social media can affect mental health. Wade Sorochan is recognized as Canada's leading mental health advocate and social media addiction expert.
BROADCASTING CAREER HIGHLIGHTS, 1979-2014
I am passionate about raising awareness about the importance of mental health using my own personal experience to inform and encourage others"
Wade Sorochan's keynotes and workshops are designed to connect and engage audiences of all ages. Wade's warm and friendly style and sense of humour creates an instant and genuine connection with his audiences.
"Moving and informative" "Great use of humour"
"A source of encouragement"
“Great presentation!” “Knowledgeable speaker!”
“I really liked this speaker; his message was timely and accurate.”
Major Conferences have included: The 2011 International Symposium on Wellness and The 2017 National Mental Health Conference.
Clients have included: Government of Alberta, City of Edmonton, ATB, Enbridge, PCL, Association of Canadian Harvesters, Athabasca County, Canadian Mental Health Association, ATCO, Edmonton Public Schools, Pentecostal Association of Canada, Vermilion Chamber of Commerce, Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba, Bell, HSBC, Alberta Teacher's Conventions.
HOW'S YOUR MENTAL HEALTH?
Social Media is one of the biggest threats to mental health today. Canada's social media expert and award winning speaker, author and mental health advocate, Wade Sorochan, provides an informative and humorous presentation on the rise of Social Media Addiction causing an anxiety inducing fixation for "LIKES," "FRIENDS," "FOLLOWERS" and "COMMENTS." Studies now show that social media can cause feelings of sadness, loneliness, envy, resentment and anxiety and depression. Wade shares the latest information on the effects of social media on mental health with expert tips on how to recognize symptoms before it turns into an addiction and causes mental health issues along with online safety tips and the importance of balancing the virtual world with the real world. Based on the groundbreaking book UnSocial Media; Virtual World Causing Real World Anxiety.
"Best School Presentation I Have Ever Attended"
Student, M.E. LaZerte High School
"Engaging and Great Use of Humour"
Principal, Westmount School
"Very informative; shared cutting edge research that teachers should be aware of." Teacher's Convention Feedback
20-30% of the population will experience a mental illness in their lifetime and mental illness is the leading cause of workplace disability in Canada. Mental illness affects every family in Canada. National award-winning speaker, author and mental health advocate, Wade Sorochan, is a life-long sufferer who shares important mental health information and talks openly about his mental health struggles, which include being emotionally and mentally abused and abandoned as a child, experiencing five mental breakdowns, eventually hitting rock bottom, and how he is living with mental illness today. Wade's powerful and inspiring message will connect with those who are suffering, and their supporters, providing encouragement and hope. He shares practical tips on how to maintain good mental health along with facts about mental illness to help break the silence and end the stigma. Wade Sorochan is recognized as Canada's leading mental health advocate.
"Wade, I just want to say thank you. I too have a narcissistic mother and I heard "what's wrong with you" daily growing up. I struggle with all the same mental illness as you. I was encouraged by your story as I struggle with guilt for not being in my mother's life but she's not emotionally or mentally safe for me. I feel better after hearing you say we have to take care of our own mental health. Thank you."
Wade Sorochan's childhood dream was to be on the radio. Throughout his traumatic childhood, he never gave up that dream. Wade shares entertaining stories from a career that spans four decades. Highlights include being featured on Alberta's #1 rated talk show the 11- 2 Show. Nicknamed the "Tone Arm," Wade became the first broadcaster in history to spontaneously use song clips to enhance a radio talk show. He has also interviewed some of the biggest celebrities in the world including Betty White, Don Johnson, Mickey Rooney, Bob Barker, Carl Reiner, Henry Winkler, David Cassidy, Mel Blanc, George Takei and more! Audiences will be entertained and also inspired to never give up on a dream. Based on the entertaining and inspiring autobiography Fastest Tone Arm In The West; Chasing A Radio Dream.
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WADE SOROCHAN READS PREFACE AND INTRODUCTION FROM HIS BOOK
UNSOCIAL MEDIA: VIRTUAL WORLD CAUSING REAL WORLD ANXIETY.
National award winning speaker, author and mental health advocate Wade Sorochan reveals how social media can affect mental health. Studies now show that social media can actually make you feel sad, anxious and depressed. Research now confirms that addiction to social media, smartphones and technology in general is equivalent to an addiction to a drug like heroin. The book provides the latest information on the connection between social media and mental health and provides expert advice on recognizing symptoms of "Social Media Anxiety Disorder" with tips on how to balance the virtual world with the real world.
"Wade Sorochan touches upon a burgeoning Mental Health issue, one that is the result of, and compounded by Social Media. A must read for our youth, parents and educators.
" I highly recommend reading this book if you have ever wondered how social media might be affecting your life. J.Fogwell
"Wade Sorochan book's is definitely a must read for parents, educators or anyone concerned about the dangers of social media. This book is highly recommended and absolutely worth buying."
As Featured in The Toronto Star, Brandon Sun, Edmonton Journal, Edmonton Sun and on CTV, GLOBAL TV , CITY TV, CHED Radio, CBC Radio, CHQR Radio, CJOB Radio.
WADE SOROCHAN READS INTRODUCTION FROM HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY
FASTEST TONE ARM IN THE WEST; CHASING A RADIO DREAM.
Wade Sorochan is an accomplished broadcaster known for his pioneering impact in talk radio in a career that has spanned four decades. Highlights include being on “Canada’s most unique radio talk show” the 11-2 Show, working with some of the biggest names in broadcasting and interviewing some of the most famous celebrities in the world. Wade spent the majority of his tough childhood alone in his bedroom to escape from his abusive mother, and would pretend to be on the radio with his makeshift studio. He would not only spend time playing radio, but also dreaming about one day actually being on the radio. Fastest Tone Arm in the West takes readers behind the scenes of a successful radio career along with an inspiring story of a difficult life journey that included child abuse, hopelessness, mental illness, ...and many miracles.
"Great book Mr. Tone Arm. I got absolutely hooked into it. Such an honest. easy-going enjoyable read. Such great memories"
Gene Zwoszdesky, 12th Speaker --Alberta Legislative Assembly
"Wade, thank-you for putting your heart into this book, I loved your honesty and vulnerability; you haven't had an easy road to travel. Reminds me of Team Canada'72, we were down but didn't give up and it ended well. This book will be of great encouragement for many."
Paul Henderson--Canadian Hockey Legend
EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA