Real Life Experience: Mental Health, Addiction, Recovery, Well-being. What does it mean & how does it apply to my life? — 2:30pm-3:30pm @ Committee’s Room Mike is a mental health advocate, speaker, educator, and consultant. He lived with addiction, depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues for 18 years before entering recovery. Drawing from unique personal and family experiences, he shares a message of courage, hope, resilience, and joy. Mike has a plethora of self-care practices that he draws upon to encourage people to see how “We’re empowered by our experience, not inhibited” and to ‘Be the change that you wish to see in the world.’ – Gandhi He launched “Starts with Me” a mental health consultant, education, and speaking business as a platform to share his message.