Lee Helmer

Lee Helmer is the Director of a peer-led organization in Halton Region, Ontario, Canada, known as T.E.A.C.H., (Teach, Empower, Advocate for Community Health). Its services encompass managing anxiety workshops, self-esteem groups, concurrent disorders groups, peer mentors, and the circle of care for families. Each staff member and the forty volunteers providing services have struggled with their own mental health challenges. They are in the forefront of advocating for the principles of recovery--hope, meaningful activity, self-awareness, supportive relationships, and empowerment--and building on strengths to enable people to have a meaningful life. He is a father, a grandfather, a husband, and a career professional who has contended with acquired brain injury and a bi-polar illness.