Katie Campeau is 23 years old and has recently completed her Master’s degree in sociology at Acadia University (Wolfville, Nova Scotia). Her research focused on mental healthand severe mental illness. She lives with severe Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and an eating disorder.

Katie has been involved with Worth Living as a blogger, headd of tumblr for WL, and most recently as a co-host of the WL Podcast.

Cat Davis is a 22-year-old recent graduate of the University of Virginia majoring in Cognitive Science with a concentration in Neuroscience. She was diagnosed with Bipolar 1 disorder in 2017 and has since become an advocate for mental health awareness and education.

Before Cat was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, she was misdiagnosed with depression. She was institutionalized twice before being correctly diagnosed and given the proper medication and treatment. Cat now aspires to continue the mental health conversation, educate the public about the signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder, and advocate for the research of mental illnesses, which she believes will inevitably lead to more correct diagnoses.

Cat became an Ambassador and writer for Worth Living in May of 2017. She has contibuted to the WL Blog over the years. She also has used platforms such as TEDx and The Human Library Organization to share her experiences through public speaking.

Cat is a contributing author to the book It’s OK not be OK.

For the lact couple of years, Cat has been a co-host of the Worrh Living Podcast.

Keith is from Nova Scotia. Like many people, he grew up well educated and equipped himself with the tools to pursue his dreams. He graduated from Dalhousie Law School in 1983 and completed his Master of Laws in 1987 at University College London. Keith went on to become a very successful practicing lawyer and maintained good relationships with his family and friends, or so it seemed, for quite some time.

By 2003, life had changed for Keith. He was struggling with his mental health, he felt confused, hopeless, and completely alone.  He was diagnosed with depression on March 7, 2003. The following Tuesday, his career was gone, and that evening he had a mental breakdown. In the span of 5 days, his life came undone. Not his best week.

His supportive community and many friends seemed to drop off as depression took over the life he once knew. For two years Keith was confined to his house only to leave for therapy once a week.

It took years of struggling to recover and to understand the stigma. Keith took solace in simple yet special moments that aided his recovery. Today with his combined professional and mental health experience and good health,  he has discovered a way to continue battling social stigma; sharing his story and inspiring others to overcome their struggles and find the joy in life to keep hoping and to keep living.

With more and more people losing their battles against depression, we need strong voices of recovery to inspire hope. Today, Keith is one of those voices. He stands before thousands of people at conferences, presentations, awareness campaigns, and fundraisers, succeeding over depression, to share his relevant and inspiring story.

Findlay comes from the start up world where he has spent seven years doing digital marketing and community management.  He has a Bachelor of Commerce from St. Mary’s University. He has completed his Masters at SMU and now lectures there.  He also works for an international  web development and consulting firm.

Findlay struggled with depression and has seen the effect that it can have on those around him. With effort and commitment to doing things that matter to him, he is happy to have found a life worth living!