20-30% of people will experience a mental illness in their lifetime. National award-winning speaker, author and mental health advocate Wade Sorochan is a life-long sufferer of mental illness who shares openly and honestly about his own mental health struggles and traumatic life journey that includes surviving child abuse, extreme anxiety, depression and hopelessness, and five mental breakdowns. Wade’s powerful testimony and inspiring message, which has received standing ovations, will connect with those who are suffering, and their supporters, providing encouragement and hope. He shares vital information about mental illness to help break the silence and end the stigma, along with practical tips to help maintain good mental health, especially during a challenging life event. Wade Sorochan is recognized throughout Canada as a leading mental health advocate.
“Wade, I just want to say thank you. I too have a narcissistic mother and I also heard ‘what’s wrong with you?’ daily growing up. I struggle with all the same mental illnesses as you. I was encouraged by your story. I feel better after hearing you say we have to take care of our own mental health first and foremost.” (Email comment)
“Wade, I can’t thank you enough, your testimony and message helped save my son’s life.” (Mother of 14 year-old boy)
“Wade, my young kids struggle with their mental health and your story gives me more empathy for them.” (Conference comment)
“Thank you Wade for sharing hard truths of your journey.” (Conference comment)
“A great and powerful presentation! Wade is well-spoken and sincere, and I appreciate his vulnerability and courage sharing his personal story.” (Conference comment)
“Wade, thank you for the amazing presentation!! You resonated with so many people. I think they most loved your vulnerability and honesty. I know I did.” (Canada Revenue Agency event comment)
Social Media Addiction is one of the biggest threats to youth mental health today. Canada’s social media expert and national award-winning speaker, author and mental health advocate, Wade Sorochan, provides an informative presentation on the rise of social media addiction causing an anxiety induced fixation for “LIKES” and “FOLLOWERS.” Research now shows that social media can cause feelings of sadness, loneliness, envy, resentment, low self-esteem, anxiety and depression, and that the addiction is equivalent to a serious drug addiction. Wade shares the latest information on how the addiction is causing mental health and body image issues and risky online behaviour, along with how to recognize addiction symptoms before it causes serious mental health issues. He also shares vital parental advice and online safety tips for youth, and stresses the importance of balancing the virtual world with the real world. Wade Sorochan is author of the ground-breaking book UnSocial Media: Virtual World Causing Real World Anxiety.
“Best school presentation I have ever attended.” (Student)
“Engaging and great use of humour.” (School principal)
“Very informative; shared cutting-edge research that teachers should be aware of.” (Teacher)
“Incredibly informative and overwhelmingly relevant to me as both a teacher and a parent.” (Teacher/Parent)
“Absolutely wonderful, inspirational and relevant.” (Teacher)
CLIENTS HAVE INCLUDED: Government of Alberta, City of Edmonton, ATB, Enbridge, PCL Construction, Association of Canadian Harvesters, Canadian Mental Health Association, EECOL Electric, Pentecostal Association of Canada, Mood Disorders Association, Alberta Teacher’s Association, Insurance Adjustors of Canada, ATCO, BELL, HSBC, Canada Revenue Agency.
MAJOR CONFERENCES HAVE INCLUDED: The 2011 International Symposium on Wellness, 2013-2024 Alberta Teacher’s Conventions, The 2017 National Mental Health Conference and The 2022 Let’s Talk National Hope Conference.