Embrace Your

I began Speak Up with a vision to share

Embrace Your Superpowers

a mental health perspective that I developed 

for myself and my children.

My experience as the Minister of Health for Manitoba, 

educator in Social Work & Nursing, lived experience of mental health diagnosis, interest in current neuroscience,

and love of comic books, have all informed a perspective and set of tools that empowers and educates to end stigma.

Great for Superheroes, their Allies, Families, and Mentors!

Embrace Your Superpowers uses techniques from CBT, Mindfulness, Peer-Support, and is grounded in neuroscience.


It reframes mental health diagnoses as Superpowers

- seeing them as inherently neutral: 

Left untreated and unsupported, they can unravel lives.

However, if understood, embraced, and focused within an empowering framework, for life-long growth and recovery,

these Superpowers can give people the ability

to thrive and succeed.

Embrace Your Superpowers

empowers us to grow and non-judgmentally integrate the successes and failures in our on-going recovery. 

Embrace Your Superpowers provides an assets-based 

stigma-free context for others to understand, and support,

the lived experience of those they know and love.

Find Your Inner Superhero!

What You Call a Mental Illness,

I Call a Superpower!

Where Science & Superheroes

come together to defeat Stigma!

One of our greatest Supervillians!

Embrace Your Superpowers!

Overcoming Winter Soldier

Superpowers of Depression

Anxiety's Superpower:

Where our childhood heroes continue to inspire us to be our best - no matter what life throws our way!

Mastering OCD/OCP


Mastering OCD/OCP



Mental Health Programs

for the young & young at heart!

Balancing Bipolar


Mastering OCD/OCP


AD(H)D: the Superpowers of Divergent Focusing

(C)PTSD: Moving Forward from Trauma to Superhero!

Tap Into Your Team's Superpowers!

Minister with a Mood Disorder: Lived Experience in Elected Office





“With great power there must also come great responsibility.”

- Stan Lee (1922-2018), Amazing Fantasy #15, 1962

These words from Stan Lee have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.

They shaped how I raised my sons, how I led my classes, how I took responsibility for a provincial Health Department, and why I do what I do today, helping other Superheroes.

As a True Believer, I recognize the value of my struggles, and of my privilege, and I seek to use both to the benefit of others.

Thank you Stan for being one of my greatest teachers!  Excelsior!

Avengers Assemble(d)!

Cosplay for Mental Health