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Margaret Trudeau speaks on Mental Wellness: Finding Balance, One Person's Journey


Keynote Speaker: Margaret Trudeau

Mental Wellness: Finding Balance

One Person's Journey

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Keynote: 1:00PM - 2:00PM

Book Signing: 2:00PM - 3:00PM

Keynote: Room AC223 (Academic Resource Centre)

Book Signing: Science Wing, Meeting Place 2nd Floor

An event co-presented by AccessAbility Services and the Health & Wellness Centre

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Margaret Trudeau became the youngest Prime Minister's wife in Canadian history, when she married Pierre Elliot Trudeau at the age of 22. She has led a rich and interesting life by raising five children and traveling the country and the world extensively.

Trudeau has authored two books, Beyond Reason and Consequences. In her forthcoming book, Changing My Mind, Margaret discusses with candor and insight the bi-polar condition she has lived with all her life. She shares her journey of recovery, acceptance and hope with the wish that others also affected by bipolar disorder or other mental health disabilities will reach out and get the help they need.

For all her adult life, Trudeau has worked on managing the profound effects of her bipolar condition. Now, after seeking medical treatment that has given her life balance and happiness, she advocates strongly on mental health issues, helping people overcome the stigma of mental health disabilities that often prevents people from getting help. Trudeau now sits on the Executive Advisory Board of the UBC Mental Health Institute as a community advocate. She will further her knowledge of mental health issues and gain new insights into the diagnosis and treatment of some of the most challenging issues in modern medicine.

In May 2009, Trudeau was awarded the Society of Biological Psychiatry Humanitarian Award, for her efforts to help people living with mental illnesses.

In her candid keynote, Margaret speaks about her life experiences, the challenges she faced being in the public eye and how she learned to live with her bipolar disorder.

Margaret has wonderful stories to tell and a strong, clear message on the importance of finding balance of mind, body and spirit. Her message is one of strength, resilience and redefining one's goals.

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