Project Description

Gabe Howard is an award-winning writer and speaker who lives with bipolar disorder. He is the author of the popular book, “Mental Illness is an Asshole and other Observations,” and he hosts the award-winning podcast, “Inside Mental Health,” for Healthline Media. Gabe makes his home in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio. He lives with his wife Kendall and a Miniature Schnauzer dog that he never wanted, but now can’t imagine life without.

Sample Topics:

  • This Bipolar Life
  • Responding to Mental Health Emergencies – A Lived Experience Perspective
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“Gabe Howard has you at hello!  His presence brings you in with anticipation, waiting for what he will say.  His smile electrifies the room.  His transparency inspires you in a way that no one has before.  He makes you feel safe and also nurtured, when he shares the truths and myths about mental health and the stigma behind it.  He has opened the door for all of us, to be open and have the conversation about our own personal journeys. Be It on stage, on his podcast or having an intimate one on one, Gabe Howard makes it ok, to just be. “


Gregory Zarian, Emmy Award nominated actor and anti-bullying advocate

“I would highly recommend Gabe as a keynote speaker because of his genuine ability to connect with people. He was able to talk about the serious subject of mental health illness in a way that was inspiring, enjoyable and also informative.”

Amanda Williams, Goodwill Easter Seals

“Gabe is that rare speaker who can mix humor and pathos in his speeches, keeping listeners on seat’s edge, touching their hearts and minds while offering audiences a unique perspective that comes only from a presenter living with bipolar.”

Pete Earley, Pulitzer Prize Nominated Author

“We decided to bring Gabe to our National Co-Responder Conference to speak to his lived experience with bipolar disorder. We recognize that those living with a mental health diagnosis often must navigate the complexities of multiple systems, and Gabe displayed an ability to speak to those challenges. He is a transparent and charismatic individual who is able to connect with a wide array of individuals – in our case co-responders and first responders.”  

Megan L. Johnson, LCMHC Police Crisis Unit Supervisor Chapel Hill Police Department