Mental Health and Disability Awareness Speakers

These author speakers shed light on disabilities and mental health conditions experienced by millions, sharing powerful stories of perseverance and crucial looks at systemic issues that affect these communities.

Dr. Thomas Insel

Neuroscientist, psychiatrist, and national leader in mental health research, policy, and technology

Emily Ladau

Disability rights activist, writer, and speaker

Melissa Urban

"The Boundary Lady," New York Times-bestselling author, and Whole30 co-founder

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June Eric-Udorie

Feminist activist, Editor of Can We All Be Feminists? and DEI Programme Manager for Flexa

Dr. Marisa G. Franco

Psychologist, professor, friendship expert, and New York Times-bestselling author of Platonic

Jean Guerrero

Award-winning multimedia reporter and author of the memoir, Crux

James Hatch

Retired member of the Naval Special Warfare Development group, author of Touching the Dragon, and founder of Spike’s K9 Fund

Prentis Hemphill

Author, political organizer, founder and director of The Embodiment Institute

Sara Hendren

Design researcher and author of What Can A Body Do?

Robert Kolker

Award-winning journalist and instant #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Hidden Valley Road


Award-winning recording artist, disability rights activist, and founder of RAMPD

Ian Manuel

Advocate for criminal justice reform, poet, and motivational speaker

Katherine May

New York Times bestselling author of Wintering and Enchantment

Carine McCandless

Author of New York Times bestseller The Wild Truth and consultant and contributor to Jon Krakauer's book and Sean Penn's critically acclaimed film Into the Wild

Chanel Miller

Artist, activist, and author of the New York Times bestseller Know My Name

Travis Mills

Retired United States Army Staff Sergeant and Recalibrated Warrior

Emi Nietfeld

Software engineer, writer, and author of Acceptance

Steve Silberman

Award-winning science writer and New York Times-bestselling author of NeuroTribes

Cheryl Strayed

Author of the #1 New York Times-bestselling memoir Wild and "Dear Sugar" columnist

Jeff Tweedy

Grammy Award-winning musician and frontman of Wilco

Ayelet Waldman

Acclaimed memoirist and author of Bad Mother and Love and Treasure

Holly Whitaker

Bestselling author of Quit Like a Woman and Founder of Tempest, Inc.