Speaker, Author and Advocate

A lot of people are calling themselves mental health speakers. Tara is one of the few with the training, expertise, and personal experience to back it up.
Tara Rolstad, MBA, is a mental health expert, professional speaker, author, and trained advocate with nearly 15 years of experience who helps organizations break open powerful conversations about mental health. She is real, direct, funny, and powerful, a passionate speaker who can engage any audience and make this tough topic approachable AND actionable.

Her unique, skillful combination of expertise, authenticity, and humor helps audiences:

  • better understand mental health,
  • know when to get help, and
  • learn practical ways to support individuals and families who struggle with mental health.

Tara shares her inspiring personal journey as a parent and foster parent of children with severe mental illness, and the lessons learned along the way.

Tara's audiences walk away with actionable tips and practical strategies they can implement immediately to help themselves, their organization, and those around them.

In addition to her speaking engagements, Tara is a consultant and program partner with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Washington County, and is also the founder and director of "Shattering Stigma with Stories: Understanding Mental Health," mental health conferences for businesses, schools, faith communities, and other organizations that have reached more than 1,500 people.

Check out Tara's book!

Tara is also a co-author of the book "OMG That’s Me! 3: Bipolar Disorder, Depression, PTSD, Mental Health, and Humor" and has performed stand-up comedy around the Pacific Northwest with Mental Health at the Mic. Get the book HERE.

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