Ep 8: The Conversation Plate Gets People Talking About Mental Illness -- Our Minds Matter

Topic: Conversation Plates - #ConvoPlate - are Traveling the World Breaking Down the Barriers and Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness.

Brian Hansell talks about how his son, Paul, lost his life to suicide and how he wants to make mental health a part of our every day conversations. He started the Paul Hansell Foundation and looked for ways to get people talking about mental illness. The Conversation Plate - #ConvoPlate - was born.
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The Conversation Plate
The idea is that each person receiving a Conversation Plate passes it on. You register it on the website - http://www.paulhansellfoundation.com - so it can be tracked as it passes from one person to another. The plate has traveled as far as New Zealand and even into the hands of Prince William.

Each #ConvoPlate is a hand painted stoneware plate. Each one is different and was created by a member of the local Burlington community with their own special message and meaning.

The aim is to erase the stigma surrounding mental health and to support programs aimed at the emotional well-being of youth.

About Paul Hansell
In December 2010, Paul Hansell lost his life to suicide at the young age of 18. Paul had a meaningful impact on the lives of everyone around him. Paul’s nature of giving people a hand up is the underlying spirit for the foundation.

Paul attended St. Patrick’s Elementary School and Assumption High School in Burlington, Ontario. He entertained us with his stage presence as a competitive dancer at both Dancers Burlington Inc. and Tiffany’s Dance Elite, and was 1st Runner up Mr. Mini Dance for his tap solo.

Paul was also a musician and you can listen to his music on iTunes at: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/turn-the-page/id341100817