Barbara Wilson, Teacher, Southwood Secondary School

Mark’s presentation is exceptional. It is personal and relevant. He validates students’ ideas, interacts with them in a supportive way, and provides practical tools to help them manage their own mental health. Highly recommended!

Rodney Evans, Teacher, John F. Ross CVI

Mark was open, honest, blunt, and down to earth with the students. He kept the students engages & provided them with meaningful help & information dealing with difficult topics. Great addition to a mental health unit.

Pam Monrad, Teacher, Centennial CVI

Mark is very knowledgable and shares his personal experience as well as provides facts and relevant information. He kept my class engaged and left them with material they could use for themselves or a friend.

Matt Ritchie, Teacher, Preston High School

Mark’s presentation is a direct and honest talk that looks to break down the stigma of mental health. He gives teens an understanding of how to deal with their own mental health and help others who are struggling.

Kim Notarfranco, Head of Phys. Ed., Elmira District Secondary School

It is obvious that Mark cares about youth & teens, and their mental well-being. He talks candidly about a wide range of mental health issues and clinical mental health disorders. His talk reminds all of us that our role is not to fix, but to listen, be there, and connect & care for each other and our community.

Grant Dodson, Director, Stratford YFC/Youth Unlimited

Last year, myself and my two staff had the privilege of taking part in the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) course, which was facilitated by Mark Stromenberg and Jim Anderson. This two day training was highly valuable, interactive, practical, and is something that I would highly recommend to others. Mark & Jim were fantastic at teaching the material, answering questions, and giving practical tools and advice on how this training can support us in our roles of working with teens in our community!

Marilyn Meyers, Director, Waterdown YFC/Youth Unlimited

A youth pastor shared [with me] how he had three girls who attempted suicide in the past. When I asked him about it, he said, “I’ve learned to ask the right questions before it happens.” His intervention method sounded familiar so I questioned him about it. He replied, “I took the ASIST training awhile ago and the one thing I remember is the right questions to ask.” Mark & Jim have saved lives with their excellent suicide intervention training.

Chris Heise, Assoc. Pastor of Family Ministries, Compass Point Bible Church

Mark spoke to a group of our parents and we were so grateful for his clear-eyed presentation regarding anxiety, depression and suicide. Mark has the tremendous ability to handle these weighty topics with the seriousness they deserve but also with humour and vulnerability. Our parents left feeling hopeful because of Mark’s admonishment and inspired by Mark’s own story.

As a pastor serving in Family Ministry for over 18 years, this is one of the best presentations I’ve heard on the topics of anxiety, depression and suicide. Mark if a gifted communicator. He is highly knowledgeable and, perhaps even more importantly, highly vulnerable. I strongly recommend inviting Mark to speak with your leaders, your parents, and your youth.

Laurie Baulcomb, Teacher, Preston High School

Mark is a down to earth speaker who uses his personal experiences to bring attention to the issues of mental illness. His use of video and power point presentations, complement his message in a way that appeals to students. Creating awareness about the stigmas attached to mental illness, and providing some strategies for dealing with depression and suicide are his main objectives.