Welcome to the first episode of Turning Point, telling the inspiring stories of triumph over adversity in the realm of addiction and mental health.

This week we caught up with Joe Roberts, an inspirational example of overcoming adversity and managing change. In 1989 he was living under a bridge as a homeless skid row addict. Today he is an author, CEO and internationally sought after professional speaker who motivates and inspires audiences worldwide.

And as if that wasn’t impressive enough, Joe is embarking on a 9000km journey across the country, pushing a shopping cart, to raise awareness and funds for youth homelessness. We talk about his journey through recovery, as well as what drives him to make a difference today. Enjoy, and make sure you head over to The Push For Change to get involved and make a donation.

Show notes

4:50: Inspiration hits to walk across Canada pushing a shopping cart
7:00: Joe’s story of homelessness and addiction
8:20: Drugs as a solution, a means to cope
11:35: Joe’s champion who never gave up on him
12:45: Joe goes from skidrow to CEO
16:40: Joe talks about the invisibility of the issues
17:50: What happens that drives kids to homelessness and addiction?
19:00: What about homelessness makes us uneasy?
20:30: The two most helpful things a professional can do to help clients change.
24:00: Behaving your way into good feelings
25:15: The AIR model
28:30: What excites Joe the most about his upcoming journey across Canada
32:20: What success looks like for The Push for Change
35:15: A Way Home collaborative
36:45: Joe’s advice to people currently struggling with addiction, homelessness and mental health concerns
39:00: What you can do to get involved with the Push for Change campaign, both individually and as an organization.

And if you enjoyed this show, you’ll love seeing Joe on the TEDx stage.