TALK: "BRIDGING MENTAL ILLNESS AND WELLNESS"
Melody regularly gives talks and leads workshops on the topic of mental health. As an advocate and suicide survivor, she speaks about both struggling and thriving with mental illness. As an activist, she speaks out against the role of sexism, racism, homophobia, ablism, sanism, and other forms of discrimination that contribute to the stigma she works to eliminate. As an award-winning author, she regularly teaches writing workshops, gives readings, and appears at book signings. As an attorney, she speaks about improving mental health for lawyers and defeating stigma and discrimination within the legal profession (for law firms and CLE programs). To book a speaking engagement, contact Melody directly here.
Included in Melody's booking
- Lecture on the topic mental illness, which includes Melody's personal story, current landscape and challenges, and strategies for reducing stigma
- Book signing in partnership with a local bookseller
- Workshop(s) with stakeholder groups
- Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance "I to We" tour; keynote speaker for all three tour stops (Fall 2016)
- NAMI Wake County Celebration of Courage Recovery Luncheon (Spring 2016)
- Noah Langholz '14 Memorial Lecture at Wesleyan University (Spring 2015)
- Aspire Health Partners Mental Illness Awareness Luncheon (Fall 2014)
- Penn State Abington's Bridging Mental Illness and Wellness (Fall 2014)
The most powerful moment of the talk was at the very end when someone in the audience, who had revealed her personal experience with mental illness, asked how could she, Melody Moezzi, be so empowered after everything she’d been through and not feel like a victim of the system? Ms. Moezzi explained that by talking to people like you (referring to the audience member) and opening up discourse and hearing people who struggle with so much more or who are so much more successful, that is how she becomes empowered. She said that she hoped her talk would make us feel just a little more empowered. Because you are empowered. You are not alone. And even though I have heard these words before, the order and candidness with which she spoke them made them seem brand new.
-- Abigail Shneyder, The Wesleyan Argus (1/10/17)