Victoria Maxwell

Bipolar Princess, Mental Health Leader, Performer and Mental Illness and Recovery Speaker

Victoria Maxwell

Victoria Maxwell (BFA/BPP*) is a recognized international keynote speaker who uses her personal story of recovery from mental illness to increase awareness, transform negative beliefs and ignite powerful conversations about mental health.

She lives with bipolar disorder, anxiety and psychosis. She’s also a self-proclaimed Bipolar Princess and Wellness Warrior!

For the last 19 years, she’s been helping people and organizations better understand the ‘insider’s’ experience of mental illness and recovery; how to comfortably speak to someone who’s struggling and how to create long-lasting wellness.

She can also be seen in season 2 of CBC TV’s ‘You Can’t Ask That’. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health named her a leader in mental health and her theatrical keynote “That’s Just Crazy Talk” has been rated one of the top anti-stigma interventions in the country. Her other media appearances include CNN, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

She’s a founding member of CREST.BD, a global research team on bipolar disorder and has blogged for Psychology Today magazine for over 12 years.

While her story is her own, the messages are universal. Even the most veteran of conference delegates are energized and enlightened by her keynotes and workshops.

Keynote performances & workshops are eligible for Continuing Education Units for a broad range of professions, including CME and CE units for both the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Medical Association (AMA) as well as for other organizations.

(*BFA/BPP: Bachelor of Fine Arts / Bipolar Princess)

  1. Crazy for Life – A Story about Accepting Help for Mental Illness

    Crazy for Life centers on Victoria’s personal journey to accept help for her mental illnesses and learning how to thrive.

    This brave, humorous keynote takes audiences from meditation groups to psych wards, from black depressions to manic psychoses. It both educates and entertains; inspiring hope and creating empathy.

  2. Funny You Don’t Look Crazy – A Story about Mental Illness and Returning to Work

    Funny You Don’t Look Crazy captures Victoria’s experience of employment before, during and after bipolar disorder, anxiety and psychosis.

    It helps people better understand mental health issues in the workplace and best practices for returning to work.

    Audience members walk away enlightened and entertained, holding an expanded vision not of what’s improbable, but instead of what is possible.

  3. That’s Just Crazy Talk – A Story about Family, Secrets and Stigma

    That’s Just Crazy Talk looks at Victoria and her family coming to terms with mental illness and their journey to wellness.

    A funny, poignant evidenced-based keynote that explodes stigmas. It portrays the love and resilience it takes to stay together as a family in the midst of illness.

    It shows the beauty that can result when we face our fears.

You were wonderful! We are getting rave reviews about you and the special tone you set. It’s a gift to us that you’re willing to risk so much in order to share your experience. Our spirits were nourished.
Ed Murphy
Executive Director, The Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey
Wonderful…the staff keeps telling me it was the best education they ever had. They want more!
Theresa Castro
Psychiatric Nurse, BC Housing Commission, Victoria
By popular demand, we opted to add a performance to our already tight schedule. We were not disappointed. It educates and entertains. Great!
Geoff McMurchy
Artistic Director, KickstART! Festival, Courage to Comeback Award
Victoria is magic…the response was unprecedented. All sold-out shows. We are still receiving calls about the power of those performances…a leader in mental health education.
Katie Hughes
Executive Director, Canadian Mental Health Association, Vancouver
Excellent…terrific speaker …Victoria is outstanding. The mixed audience (psychiatrists, health professionals, residents, students) enjoyed the show and the insights revealed.
Dr. Raymond W. Lam
Head of Clinical Neuroscience & Director UBC Mood Disorder Clinic
Victoria’s presentations are incredibly enlightening…recommended at the highest level.
Dr. Harry Karlinsky
Director, Continuing Medical Education, Psychiatry, University of BC
Of the all the presentations, yours was the highest ranked…you have a gift that’s rare & appreciated.
Carol Redston
Psychiatry, UBC, Conference Co-orndinator, Vancouver Hospital & Health Sciences

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