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ABOUT HARRISON


HARRISON WHEELER

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ABOUT HARRISON


HARRISON WHEELER

Harrison Wheeler is on a mission to help people improve their mental well-being in creative ways. 

The documentary April Foolery, by Indian Grove Productions, featuring Harrison Wheeler and an army of creatives from Hamilton Ontario as they celebrate the power of creativity over mental health issues and lobby parliament to make April Fool's Day a national holiday. .

Harrison holds a BA in Elementary Education from McGill University and a Masters Diploma in Education and Digital Technology from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. 

Overcoming 10+ years in recovery (Bipolar 1, addiction, Guillian Barre Syndrome), Harrison attributes his creativity to have been a transformative force for self-actualization, leading him to overcome mental, physical, and spiritual adversity.

Harrison has 30 years of experience as a performer and creator. In his youth he was a scholarship trumpet player and sang in the Montreal Symphony. On stage he has won Best-in-Show comedy awards and critical acclaim at the Montreal, Hamilton and Stratford Fringe Festivals.  Harrison is the creator of Jesters Incognito, a YA novel and one-man show. 

As a Patient Advisor on the St. Joseph's Mental Health Quality Council and a trained peer support worker, Harrison is combining this lived experience with his post-graduate work in education and many talents to 'rebrand' and improve mental health.  

MEDIA

FULL ARTICLE INTERVIEW. SPRING 2015. HAMILTON SPECTATOR.

HTTP://WWW.THESPEC.COM/NEWS-STORY/5709641-SO-THIS-GUY-WALKS-INTO-A-GUILLAIN-BARR-SYNDROME-/

FULL ARTICLE INTERVIEW. WINTER 2014. NIAGARA AP PRESS.

HTTP://WWW.NIAGARAFALLSREVIEW.CA/2014/12/03/HARRISON-WHEELER--JESTER-IN-THE-COURTHOUSE

THE FRINGE IS COMING.  SUMMER 2014.  RAISE THE HAMMER.

http://raisethehammer.org/article/2242/the_fringe_is_coming

FRINGE REVIEW.  SUMMER 2014. NOT MY TYPEWRITER.

http://www.notmytypewriter.com/2014/07/hamilton-fringe-festival-2014-jesters.html?m=1

TRULY. MADLY. DEEPLY. HAMILTON ART SHOW ON MENTAL HEALTH. SPRING 2014.  HAMILTON SPECTATOR.

http://www.thespec.com/whatson-story/4509669-art-and-mental-health-truly-madly-deeply-/

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PUBLIC SPEAKING, MENTAL HEALTH, WELLNESS, HARRISON WHEELER


SPEAKING

 

PUBLIC SPEAKING, MENTAL HEALTH, WELLNESS, HARRISON WHEELER


SPEAKING

 

Harrison delivers funny, interactive, and educational presentations on wellness, mental health, and creativity.


CRAZY GOOD

CRAZY GOOD is a powerful talk on creativity and mental health. Harrison invites the audience into pages of the sketchbooks he kept during his dramatic journey back to health, and explains how creative journalling is a transformative ally for everyone as we navigate our way through life. This talk is designed for schools, and can be tailored for grades 7 through to university.

TOPICS COVERED

  • Self-Acceptance: Owning Your Own Brand of 'Crazy'

  • The Creativity Factor: Expression Not Depression

  • Life Habits: Healthy Addiction versus Unhealthy Addiction

  • Five practical steps to maintaining good mental health


I’ve never been more inspired. Your message is a wake up call to us all. Thoroughly enjoyed your presentation - and the improv was awesome!
— Shari Virtue, Teacher, Niagara College
Thank you again for sharing your journey with our students; it is very helpful and important for them to see that with resiliency and the right supports, there is always hope.
— Brent Monkley, Vice Principal, Waterdown H.S.
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CARTOONS


CARTOONS

CARTOONS


CARTOONS

Absurdly inspirational.

Cartoons available for purchase as digitals and prints. 


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MENTORING


MENTORING


LIFE MENTORING FOR TEENS

Harrison works with teenagers (13+)  to help them identify their passion and build an exciting future for themselves.

With over 10 years as a teacher with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education, Harrison incorporates goal setting, planning, and support to achieve short-term and long-term goals, project, and life dreams.

What is mentoring?

People can make changes, or simply improve on what they are doing, with the support of a mentor, whose aim is to take what is working and make it even better. Mentoring also focuses more on the present and what the teen can do here and now to better her/his life.  Ultimately, the mentor connects a young person to the understanding of their own personal growth and development to opportunity that is in synch with their interests and strengths. At its core, it guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter.

Why teenagers?

Teens are at a pivotal point in their lives with life stressors ranging from bullying, expectations, mental health issues and more.  These stressors can be disorienting, potentially leading them astray from the things they may want to pursue.  Further, teenagers are beginning to enter a state of self-actualization, waking up to the realities of life, and beginning to shape an idea of how they may want to participate in it.  

Research on Mentoring

Research confirms that quality mentoring has powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations.

  • Students who meet regularly with their mentors are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip a class. (Public/Private Ventures study of Big Brothers Big Sisters)
  • A study showed that the strongest benefit from mentoring, and most consistent across risk groups, was a reduction in depressive symptoms — particularly noteworthy given that almost one in four youth reported worrisome levels of these symptoms at baseline. (The Role of Risk, 2013

  • Mentoring promotes positive social attitudes and relationships. Youth tend to trust their parents more and communicate better with them. (The Role of Risk, 2013)

Teen mentoring is not for every teen. It is suitable only for teens that want to achieve something and are able to look forward. It is only for teens who want to be mentored. If you are not ready, you can trust Harrison to let you know this and refer you and your teen to other services that may suit your needs better.

Whatever the teen wants to achieve is OK and every desire is accepted as an honest one. Harrison will help the young person find blocks and help get their life flowing forward again.