Melissa Ann Hopely
Melissa Ann Hopely is a well-accomplished international motivational speaker and mental health, anti-bullying and suicide prevention advocate. She has been speaking for four years reaching over 50,000 audience members who consisted of children, young adults, teens, adults and senior citizens in more than 10 states, 20 cities and two countries. She has been a featured speaker in Philadelphia and the surrounding Philadelphia area, NJ, NYC, CO, KS, San Francisco and Los Angeles, CA, NYC, Rochester, NY, MA, VA, and Toronto, Canada. Melissa speaks with Minding Your Mind’s Free Mental Health Speaking Program and Neon Entertainment and is on the board of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). She has been recognized for her advocacy work with numerous awards including the honorable mention Jerry Greenspan Student Voice of Mental Health Award given by the Jed Foundation of America at a gala in June 2009 in New York City along with an advocacy award in Chester County, PA.
Melissa has appeared on several local radio and television programs including 99.5 WJBR’s Sunday Morning Show, the CW Philly’s Speak Up and NBC 10’s Beyond Bullying Special. She was also a featured extra as Mark Wahlberg’s science student in M. Night Shyamalan’s film, The Happening and is involved with numerous national mental health and anti-bullying organizations, which have given her the chance to host and attend many events where she has worked with celebrities and public figures such as Brittany Snow, Joey Pantoliano, Ron Howard, Glenn Close, Nicole Ansari and Mariel Hemingway.
Melissa recently completed the role of Whitney in the suicide prevention and anti-bullying play, “When the Smoked Cleared” and is now working with the writer of the play, Shenille Latrice on the “Peace in the City” Tour for the organization iChoose2live. Currently, Melissa is working on original music that embody her powerful messages of hope, the fact that we all matter, have a story and are never alone. Melissa just finished recording an anti-bullying music video to her first single, “HopeStrong.” The word #hopestrong has become a positive motto that is quickly spreading and encouraging her ever growing youth following.
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The People You Meet in Real Life
by Melissa Ann Hopely
Motivational speaker/mental health advocate Melissa Hopely, has experienced bullying, OCD, and depression, tells her story of courage and hope. This book also tells the inspirational stories of people “in real life.” Her positive, encouraging message shines through these stories: We have great power as individuals and as ordinary people working together—power to change people’s lives.
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