Impactful Speakers for Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month began in the United States in 1949, observed in May, and was started by the Mental Health America organization. As you plan your Mental Health Awareness Month programming, explore our insightful & inspiring speakers for your event.

To help celebrate this month, we’ve compiled a list of keynote speakers for Mental Health Awareness Month. These exceptional individuals hail from diverse backgrounds and possess a wealth of experiences, sharing their distinctive insights and stories to make a lasting impact on audiences.


Dr. Lauren Cook helps participants fight the stigma of mental illness and teaches communities how to implement wellness. She shares how participants can create a life of purpose by identifying and implementing individual and group values. Her brand new keynote “Generation Anxiety” would be a great program to bring to your campus this mental health awareness month.



Sara Lowery believes in the power of happiness. She brings a fresh perspective, high energy, and passion to her work as she inspires participants to lead stronger, ask difficult questions and embrace their happiness in their daily lives. Sara encourages audiences to think critically about their leadership journeys and inspires people to be their best.



Tianna Faye Soto is a Puerto Rican, Jamaican-Chinese storyteller. She empowers participants to care for their mental health and wellness and face their journey with confidence. Her work is heart-centered, service-driven, culturally informed, and rooted in empathy. She encourages participants to celebrate and embrace their backgrounds and be proud of their unique stories.



Dr. Stacey Pearson-Wharton offers a compassionate approach and expertise to diversity, equity, & inclusion education. Recognizing racial inequities can cause stress and distress in communities, Dr. Stacey also gives practical wisdom to mental health challenges to provide hope and healing in difficult times.


Chris Butsch studied happiness in 41 countries, interviewing hundreds of psychologists, CEOs, monks, millionaires, millennials, and of course, Gen Zs. Having discovered a link between money and mental health, Chris adopted a unique approach to helping participants that blends personal finance, happiness, and leadership into actionable and unforgettable learning experiences.