Live Bravely is an organization dedicated to education and suicide prevention. Through our social media, clothing line, indomitable foundation and events we spread a message of courage and empowerment. We want to help people think about suicide and mental health differently.
We encourage those who have had experience facing a suicidal crisis or losing loved ones to share their experiences. We aim to help educate other and create a culture of awareness and empathy around the topic of suicide.
We advocate for holistic, natural and preventative approaches to suicide prevention and we are passionate about making both education and healing resources more accessible to the general public.
Live Bravely raises money for our not-for-profit initiatives by way of various products and services as well as through our events.
Live Bravely promotes four points of courage
1. The Courage to live
2. The Courage to get help
3. The Courage to help
4. The Courage to remember the good things about the people we have lost
The Faces Of Live Bravely
Below you will be introduced to our core team. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
Michael Lardie founded the organization Live Bravely after one of his dearest friends took her life in Dec 2004. He was deeply affected by the loss, and decided he wanted to use what he had learned from his experience to help those who were contemplating suicide or who had loved ones who were in crisis. In the process he created 72 Hours for Life, an event focused on training, reflection and action related to suicide prevention.
Over the past three years, 96 people have been trained in suicide prevention through 72 Hours for life. Michael’s work has also lead to him appearing on the Lorna Dueck show, being interviewed on 93.3 CFMU and being featured in The Hamilton Spectator.
His goals for the development of his organization Live Bravely are to continue and expand his annual 72 Hours for Life event, to develop the Live Bravely clothing line, and reach the $10,000 goal needed to begin the Indomitable Foundation.
Meaghan Beattie and Michael Lardie married in the summer of 2014. Since that time they have combined forces to develop and promote Live Bravely.
Meaghan is a singer-songwriter and a vitality coach. As a vitality coach she shares empowering information about natural health, and focuses on the role of nutrition and self-care in the prevention and treatment of mental health problems.
Meaghan suffered from anxiety and depression in her teens and early adulthood and is passionate about sharing inspiration, education and hope with youth and young adults facing the same barriers. She created a project called The Emowell Project (Emotional Wellness Project) as a way of helping youth and young adults access information and community events which support mental and emotional well-being.
Meaghan is also an artist, poet and musician. She uses her art to help bring attention to the topics of mental health and the need to find compassion in the midsts of suffering. Her music can be found at www.meaghancolleenbeattie.com and her vitality coaching website is available at www.ecstaticvitality.com. All proceeds from her music and her vitality services help to support Live Bravely’s outreach work.
Jade Barsalou is new to the Live Bravely team and she is super ecstatic to come on board! Jade recently finished her honours degree in social work and psychology and has been committed to Live Bravely since September, 2014. Jade has been involved in various volunteer initiatives with The Salvation Army Oakville Community Church such as Emergency Disaster Response Team; Kettle Campaign and Toy Depot (at Christmas); food bank; etc. Jade has also been involved with The Living Rock and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton and has helped to meet the needs of youth, adolescents, and young adults. She is also a certified WrapAround Facilitator. The topic of dying by suicide is one which resonates deeply with Jade as she struggled with thoughts of suicide through her late-childhood and adolescent years. She remembers vividly how desperately alone she felt and also remembers convincing herself no one in this world cared about her or would miss her if she was gone, but she, by the grace of God, made it through these tumultuous times, but not without developing a deep passion to connect with those who find themselves in similar situations and to let those people know they are not alone and that someone – even someone who doesn’t know them personally – still cares about them and values their lives. Jade is no stranger to the depth mental illness can take a person, but it is through Live Bravely she hopes to connect with those who are contemplating dying by suicide or be a bridge to connect family and friends to resources which would meet the needs of loved ones who are contemplating dying by suicide. Jade has a passion for advocacy and firmly believes that each and every single person’s story and voice matters. Your story and your voice matters – never forget that.
Vikie Bocianski has been working with Live Bravely for over 2 years. She was inspired to join the campaign after one of her best friends took his life in December 2011. Deeply affected by his loss and driven to make changes in the community, Vikie decided to start volunteering at the Living Rock Ministries and discovered the 72 hours For Life project. She began actively participating in the partnership, networking and organization of Live Bravely, and now is employed with the Living Rock Ministries as a Youth Support Staff. Vikie also works as a Primary Worker for the Salvation Army and has been certified in SafeTALK, ASIST, Mental Health First Aid, and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention. She has dedicated her life to spreading awarness and developing change in the Hamilton Community. Vikie is also finishing her diploma for Community and Justice Services.