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Speaking My Truth - Public Events

In the wake of his transformative journey, Laverne has emerged as a fervent mental health advocate, drawing from his unique experiences as a former first responder. He intimately understands the challenges faced by those who dedicate their lives to protecting others and is resolute in breaking down the barriers that prevent individuals from seeking help.

In a riveting and deeply personal account, Laverne invites us into the intricate labyrinth of his transformative journey through a prolonged mental health crisis. What begins as a seemingly idyllic existence, living the dream, takes an unexpected and harrowing turn as Laverne finds himself entangled in the suffocating grip of silent suffering and the contemplation of his own demise.

As Laverne courageously unravels the layers of his mental health decline, he candidly shares the warning signs that were overlooked, both by himself and those around him. The heart-wrenching narrative delves into the lonely despair that enveloped him, recounting the painful moments of abandonment by those who, in theory, should have been pillars of support, even after he mustered the strength to ask for help.

Amidst the darkness, an unexpected glimmer of hope emerges in the form of Laverne's young daughter. Her presence becomes a beacon of light, inspiring him to continue the fight when all seemed lost. The narrative unfolds to reveal the remarkable power of peer support that played a pivotal role in pulling Laverne from the abyss.

Reflecting on the profound impact of a lifetime burdened by trauma, both personal and generational, Laverne shares how his body reached a breaking point under the strain of accumulated stress. His mental health crisis becomes a poignant testament to the interconnectedness of our emotional well-being and the echoes of the past that reverberate through generations.

As Laverne navigates the path of healing, he imparts invaluable lessons learned from his arduous journey. His narrative becomes a powerful call to action, urging others to be mindful of their daily interactions, both in personal lives and workplaces. In doing so, he advocates for a collective responsibility to foster environments that prioritize mental health and offer genuine support to those in need.

Laverne's story serves as a compelling reminder that even in the darkest moments, resilience can emerge from unexpected sources, and the transformative power of connection and understanding can guide us back into the light.

Laverne invites us to dive deep and pose a crucial question to ourselves: What are we doing to each other? Through his captivating story and impassioned advocacy, he encourages a collective examination of the impact of stigma on individuals and communities, fostering a culture of empathy, understanding, and unwavering support.

Interested in having Laverne speak at your event? Contact: Laverne@trueemotion.ca

REVIEWS

"Laverne’s talk was authentic, passionate, and emotional. He connected well with the group and shared his powerful story in a meaningful way. The way he tells his story is impactful, captivating and engaging. Laverne makes it easy for anyone, not just first responders, to understand the importance of mental health supports, and emotional and meaningful connections with social supports."

 

"Thank you for tonight. Beyond words."

 

"I would like to extend my gratitude to Laverne for his powerful testimonial at our session. Your entire team was excellent but Laverne's heartfelt delivery of his personal experience was extremely compelling and it was very much appreciated."

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