Ice Climber Margo Talbot Breaks Silence on Addiction and Depression as Mental Health Speaker in Prison

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World renowned ice climber Margo Talbot has left behind a life of crime, addiction and depression to become a role model for women seeking empowerment. Touring her new book “All That Glitters: A Climbers Journey through Addiction and Depression” this month, in her role as a mental health speaker, Margo will be speaking at various events, including a prison.

There is a conspiracy of silence around mental illness and my intention is to shine a light on that; to bring it out into the open in a more meaningful way than a problem to be solved with pharmaceutical drugs.

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Nineteen years after being convicted of drug trafficking charges, world-renowned ice climber Margo Talbot will be back in prison on July 13. This time however, she’s visiting in her roles as a mental health speaker (http://www.allthatglittersbook.com/speaking); sharing her inspiring story of overcoming addiction and depression with young offenders in the hope they’ll see that they too can change.

As an ice-climbing guide, Talbot became frustrated with her clients' perceptions of her living a charmed life. “They think I’m this super woman, this super athlete, and I just thought, you know, I want to tell people the real story because I want people to know that even though this (climbing) seems almost impossible to them right now, that it’s something they can learn; no matter where they’re starting from“.

Talbot’s “real story” hits the shelves this month if the form of "All That Glitters: A Climbers Journey through Addiction and Depression" (http://www.amazon.com/Glitters-Climbers-Journey-Addiction-Depression/dp/1550391828/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1309896749&sr=8-3). It’s caused quite a stir so far, with rave reviews including New York Times bestselling author of “Body for Life”, Bill Phillips commenting:

“This inspiring real-life story shows us that our lives’ biggest challenges can also be our greatest opportunities for personal growth, transformation, and enlightenment.”

Talbot is increasingly being invited as an “expert client” by healthcare groups, social workers, women’s shelters and detention centers to share her story as a healthcare speaker and to help tackle the stigma associated with mental illness.

“There is a conspiracy of silence around mental illness and my intention is to shine a light on that; to bring it out into the open in a more meaningful way than a problem to be solved with pharmaceutical drugs.”

http://www.allthatglittersbook.com
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margo_at_margotalbot.com

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