WE'RE AVAILABLE TO SPEAK!
We are available for speaking engagements and would love to share our important message with your organization, school, business, meeting, group, or event! There is NO person untouched by struggles and the message is appropriate for everywhere and for anyone.
Our hour-long presentation consists of:
introduction: general outline of event, information on mental health resources
sharing of book highlights and stories, including the impact of emotional struggles on daily functioning, choices, the challenge of reaching out for help
the passion behind the book, some statistics on shame and stigma as barriers to accessing help for emotional recovery/wellness
passing out of quotes for audience to read (those willing). quotes are from readers of the book, viewers of a local t.v. series called “Kevin’s Story” and past event attendees. all quotes are poignant, heartfelt feedback about issues of shame and stigma in the writer’s life, making the issue universal and deeply meaningful.
wrap up: conversation, questions, ideas, connections, book selling/signing
We charge a speaker’s fee which is adjustable if needed. We hear over and over that our message is clear and offers much-needed hope and encouragement and is presented in a fun and lively way. DON’T MISS OUT! OFFER A UNIQUE WAY TO GET THE MESSAGE OUT THAT EVERYONE STRUGGLES AT SOME POINT IN THEIR LIVES…AND THERE IS HELP AND HOPE! Hundreds of people have shared that our talk has inspired them to seek help and/or be more compassionate towards others who may be struggling with an issue hard to talk about.
Past Appearances Include:
Health Affiliates of Maine Annual Consortium 2015 - Keynote Speakers
Bangor Public Library
Auburn Business Association
Windham Correctional Center
Senior Plus Education Center, Lewiston
Chamber of Commerce Breakfast
Sanford Rotary Club
Boothbay Memorial Library
Moxie Festival, Lisbon
Fort Fairfield High School
UNE School of Social Work - Featured Speakers
Guilford NH Public Library
Federal Retired Employees, Scarborough
Radio Interview WCME, Brunswick
Wiscasset High School, Wiscasset - Diversity Day
Augusta Unitarian Universalist Church, Augusta
Weathering Shame, a personal journey of shame and stigma, is an autobiography penned by two well respected professionals, Kevin Mannix and Linda Rota.
Kevin Mannix (2016 Maine Broadcaster of the Year) is best known as one of Maine's most popular television weathermen and Linda Rota, LSW, has been a well-respected social worker for more than 30 years. In our book Weathering Shame, we openly share feelings of shame and stigma that resulted from growing up exposed to alcoholism, severe depression and suicide, and the struggles encountered and valuable insights learned. Our goal is two-fold: to encourage others to embark on their own journey of emotional recovery/wellness (if desired) & to encourage society to be more compassionate and less stigmatizing about any issue that has shame and stigma attached. Linda writes: “Throughout my life, a passion of mine has been to encourage others not to be embarrassed by their story, embrace their struggle, and push through the shame and stigma so they can live more fully and be true to who they really are in their hearts.”
A Note of thanks ~