Lynn Keane is an author and former broadcast journalist. Since the sudden passing of her son Daniel in 2009, she has dedicated her life to sharing her family’s story, examining depression and suicide prevention and how education, advocacy and compassion are critical to changing outcomes for future generations.
Lynn is creator and producer of the popular anti-bullying videos, Good Sports Don’t Hurt: Harassment Does, shared with schools across Canada. Lynn’s work has also been featured in The National Post, The Globe & Mail, and Moods Magazine, CBC, CTV and TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin and interviewed by The Huffington Post, CKNW The Bill Good Show, The Vancouver Sun, CBC Metro Morning and CHCH amongst others. By sharing such a painful story, she hopes to increase understanding of the universal relevance of mental health awareness, and provide support to families who have experienced suicide.
Lynn’s recently published memoir, Give Sorrow Words, has been widely praised by psychologists, parents and the mental health community alike, with accolades from CBC The Sunday Edition, The Canadian Mental Health Association (Peel Branch), Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology University of Toronto and journalist Michael Landsberg. Interweaving memories of the last months of her son’s life with lyrical explorations of the grieving process, the book unflinchingly documents warning signs in depression and asks pressing questions about how our society treats mental illness. What support is provided to young people living with mental illness? Why is there still such stigma attached to the disease of depression, despite it being so prevalent? Lynn makes a compelling argument for additional support and treatment for those impacted by an often life-threatening illness. In addition to publications and publicity, Lynn continues to engage with the local community.
As a founder and Co-Race Director of The Muskoka Rocks Road Races, she has contributed to raising more than $500,000 for a camp for children living with cancer. Through advocacy, an open approach, and working with mental health professionals and organizations, Keane has become a passionate, highly respected voice on depression and suicide prevention in Canada.