Karyn has been advocating for Mental Health since 2012. Her advocacy aims to change perceptions, fight stigmas and empower those living with mental illness. She is a Model, Public Speaker and Podcast Host who focuses on topics surrounding body image, mental health, anti-bullying, self-worth and more. She has spoken at various schools across the GTA, including Ryerson University and Guelph University.
She is a Board Member of The All Womxn Project where she oversees the Mental Health Initiatives and has collaborated with Jack.org, Heads Up For Harry & The Made Of Millions Foundation. Karyn launched her podcast, The Model Tongue, in March of 2020 in order to create a safe and inclusive platform to help others find their voice and empower communities through the art of storytelling. She is also a Facilitator of a Borderline Personality Disorder Peer Support Group and Co-Moderator of The Bipolar Support Group.
Karyn has always struggled with her mental health. She was first diagnosed at 14 years old as having Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder. At 23 years old, she was also diagnosed with C-PTSD and Generalized Anxiety. At 33, she was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. She uses her experiences to connect with others who are going through difficult times and believes that a life with mental illness is still a life worth living.
It is important that people living with mental illness feel empowered to advocate for themselves within all aspects of life. She wants people to have access to the same opportunities that are available for others, despite any diagnosed disorders. Her mission is to empower those living with mental illness, helping them build a life that is set up for success. She believes in crisis prevention and facing mental health from a proactive perspective.
Karyn started her Mental Health Coaching business in 2019 and is set to launch her Self Advocacy Workshop in 2022. Both initiatives are tailored to empowering those living with symptoms of mental health disorders, regaining control of their lives and creating a world that is more accessible.
While not a Regulated Health Professional, Karyn's initiatives and advocacy efforts are inspired by her personal experiences with mental health and trauma. The intention behind her services are to make the overwhelming seem manageable. Through guidance, relatability and compassion, Karyn aims to break down the path to recovery, provide direction in establishing a Medical Support Team as well as help adapt short and long term strategies to keep you living the life you deserve.
Karyn has her Mental Health First Aid, Crisis Response Training and SafeTalk certifications as well as her First Aid certifications in Self Care and Caring for Others.
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Before there was a name, there was a concept: a database of medical professionals and service providers that offered trauma informed care.
Having lived with symptoms of mental health disorders and chronic pain for most of her life, Karyn is well aware of the benefits a carefully curated medical support team can have on anyone's overall wellbeing. But she got to thinking, where does trauma informed care begin? And does it ever end?
When you think of a support network of individuals who benefit your mental health, generally the first people to come to mind are medical professionals and practitioners... but what if we went further than that? What if we took more care in selecting individuals who we interact with on a regular basis, who offer trauma informed care, would that play a role in our overall mental and physical wellbeing?
The answer is yes.
Trauma Tree is meant to open up and support a deeper conversation surrounding mental health and mental health disorders, the people who live with them and how we can all play a role in softening obstacles.