Lynn Keane is an advocate, speaker, author and former broadcast journalist.

Since the sudden passing of her son Daniel in 2009, she has dedicated her life to sharing her family’s story, educating about the underlying causes of depression and the importance of treating mental illness.

Through advocacy, an open approach, and working with mental health professionals and organizations, Keane has become a passionate, highly respected voice on depression and suicide prevention in Canada.

Her focus has developed from anti-stigma to suicide prevention and public policy interest. Keane is campaigning to have the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP), national Suicide Prevention Strategy recognized by the Federal Government, and to ensure an increase in funding to support access to treatment and youth suicide prevention centers in all regions of Canada. Support health care providers’ mental health and suicide prevention training; mental health education and resources for patients; and that government policy reflects the mental health needs of Canadians.

Keane’s message of compassion and education uses her own personal, powerful story as a way to inspire others to change how they think about youth mood disorders and addiction. She has spoken about mental health, suicide prevention and mental health care at high-profile events including TedX Youth Toronto, The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans webinar, and The Summit on Suicide Research in New York City, to name a few (further details can be found in Events).

Lynn has participated in CTV’s “Speak Out on Suicide.”

She has provided opinion pieces and editorials to media outlets including The Globe & Mail, The National Post, TSN and CTV.

You can connect with her on Twitter at @keane_lynn.