2018 Speakers

Michele Herling
Session #38

Michele Herling is Executive Director and founder of Compassionate Touch Network (CTN), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that promotes mental health literacy for youth, teens, and adults through education and the arts. One of CTN’s core programs, Breaking the Silence / New Mexico (BTS/New Mexico), began in 2012. BTS/New Mexico confronts myths and stigma that reinforce the silence about mental illness and suicide. BTS/New Mexico-trained adult and youth facilitators have presented to over 6,500 youth in middle and high school classrooms in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Espanola, Pojoaque, Taos, and Zuni Pueblo. Lessons include personal video stories of teens, information, interactive discussion and exercises, and resources. Michele’s devotion to bringing heartfelt awareness and understanding of mental illness developed from her personal journey with a family member with mental illness.