David Bartley is a recognized mental health expert, TEDx speaker, and prize-winning author who shares his journey from mental “hellness” to mental wellness as a way of reminding others, healing is possible, and hope is real. David believes the most direct path to overcoming the fears we have around mental illness is to leverage the power of curiosity to create connection, and in turn use connection to create hope.
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A compelling speaker and storyteller who connects with audiences on a deeply authentic, transparent and personal level. David will work tirelessly with event and planning staff to make sure the event is a HUGE win for everyone involved.
Like most people, David Bartley has seen his fair share of successes and setbacks: from directing a nationally recognized nonprofit to battling a life-threatening mental illness.
But over the last seven years, David has successfully navigated from the isolation of mental “hellness” to the inclusive space of mental wellness.
Currently, David is a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the International Association for Youth Mental Health, the National Storytelling Network’s Healing Story Alliance, and Active Minds. In addition, David is the Secretary/Treasurer of the Placer County Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Advisory Board (MHADAB).
David holds certifications in Mental Health First Aid for Adults, Mental Health First Aid for Youth, SafeTALK (Suicide Awareness for Everyone), and QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer) an innovative suicide prevention technique.
David has been invited to speak before a wide range of audiences across the country, giving keynote speeches and leading workshops on the topics of mental health, employee engagement, student wellbeing, and congregational care to organizations such as the United States Food and Drug Administration, Sutter Health, UC Davis, William Jessup University, Vision Service Plan, CalPERS, the United Methodist Church, and the California Highway Patrol. In addition, David was invited to give a TED talk at TEDxLosGatos in September of this year.
David’s goal for each speech and workshop is the same: to shed light on the issue of mental illness, teach people how to use connection to create hope, and open doors to the possibility of mental health for all.