Johnny Crowder

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After more than a decade in the trenches battling his own mental health and abuse demons, Johnny Crowder has emerged as one of America’s exciting new voices on resilience, support, and people-first leadership. He is a 30-year-old suicide/abuse survivor, TEDx speaker, Billboard-charting musician, mental health and sobriety advocate, and the Founder & CEO of Cope Notes®, a text-based mental health platform that provides daily support to users in nearly 100 countries around the world.

But in the years leading up to these incredible leaps in advocacy, every day was a battle against schizophrenic hallucinations and suicidal ideation. After a lifetime of resisting professional care and shying away from sharing his story, Johnny’s curiosity flowered, and the healing slowly began.

Armed with 10+ years of clinical treatment, a psychology degree from the University of Central Florida, and a decade of peer support and public advocacy through the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Johnny created Cope Notes in 2018. The award-winning startup continues to gain worldwide attention and adoption for its innovative approach to helping people from all walks of life build mental wellness on a daily basis. Since his first keynote in 2011, Johnny's refreshingly vulnerable and candid perspective has attracted praise from hundreds of outlets, including Upworthy, CNN, and Forbes.

With authenticity, well-placed humor, and unconventional wit, Johnny draws on his own experiences to provide hopeful and proven insights into building greater mental health and a deeper connection with those around us. Most recently, Johnny earned his CRPS certification (Certified Recovery Peer Specialist) in the fall of 2022.


Speaking Topics-


Beyond Coping: A Candid Conversation about Resilience, Connection, and Happiness in the Workplace
Crippling burnout. Chronic absenteeism. Rampant resignations. The multi-headed monster of compassion fatigue, longer working days, and employee isolation are damming up the rivers of productivity at thousands of companies, and employers are concerned. Leveraging insights from his own decade-long mental health journey, Johnny Crowder shows audiences why talking about mental health should be as straightforward as talking about physical health, even in the workplace. He shares the hard-won strategies for emotional well-being that led to the creation of his science-based breakthrough mental and emotional support app, Cope Notes, which is now in use in more than 90 countries. His fast-paced and actionable keynote program delivers proven steps to:


  • Build work cultures that proudly prioritize and support mental health for all
  • Rethink and reframe challenges as they arise
  • Process mental and emotional distress in a way that builds relationships, confidence and happiness


Lessons From a Mental Health Entrepreneur: Unlocking the Key Mindsets Behind Success in Any Business
By embarking on any entrepreneurial journey, you are likely signing up to fail – at least, that’s what the statistics say. So what do you actually need to beat the odds? Outside capital? Industry know-how? Friends in high places? If that were the case, today’s Fortune 100 companies couldn’t tout the famous garage-to-NASDAQ stories that inspire scrappy self-starters to pursue innovative new ideas. Johnny Crowder built a global mental health company without a business degree, a business plan, or even a desire to build a business in the first place. So how did Cope Notes® become a worldwide force for good? In this relatable and tactical presentation, Johnny peels back the startup veil to teach your audience how to:


  • Differentiate between the nice-to-haves and the essentials for a successful venture
  • Identify and foster the types of mental strength that entrepreneurship demands
  • Apply self-care, focus, and resilience strategies that build stamina and sustainable success


The Surprising Productivity of Self-Care: Using Mindfulness to Combat Burnout and Compassion Fatigue

48% of the U.S. workforce struggles with compassion fatigue. The result? Burnout, absenteeism, mental and emotional distress, poor sleep, unhealthy diets, and high turnover, particularly in caring professions. Empathetic and compassionate people are invaluable on any team. But when compassion makes it feel as if the weight of the world is on your shoulders, genuine empathy can devolve into unhappiness, unproductivity, and an inability to help the very people you care about in the first place. Mindfulness is one of the simplest and most practical tools for self-care, and Johnny shows audiences how to gradually make it an important part of anyone’s daily routine. Your audience will learn how to:


  • Identify the sources and symptoms of compassion fatigue
  • Rethink the assumptions that trigger impostor syndrome and guilt
  • Implement self-care strategies that drive a renewed sense of energy and purpose in the workplace and beyond

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Johnny gave a thought-provoking Keynote at the 2022 ICMA Annual Conference that gave this audience of local government officials and ICMA employees the reality check about mental health that we all needed to hear. Johnny tailored his talk to speak to our audience in a way that created the most impact, and he even took the time to speak with many of them afterwards as they eagerly lined up to engage with him. It is refreshing to see a speaker of his caliber take the time to interact with attendees in such an authentic way. Johnny was personable, kind, relatable, and compassionate to each conference attendee and staff member he interacted with, and was definitely a key highlight of our event.

Jess Atchison, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator, ICMA

Planning for an event that is geared towards youth to talk about their mental health, finding a dynamic relevant speaker wasn’t easy. Until we found Johnny. Throughout the planning, Johnny was extremely professional and responsive, and he even jumped in to promote the event with us on a local podcast. Johnny’s talk was very well received and the youth who attended the BRAVE Summit learned about acceptance, and that it is ok to not be ok from Johnny. The excitement has not quelled and the youth are still talking about the talk that Johnny gave and how he inspired them to take control of their mental health and seek help when needed. I would absolutely recommend Johnny to speak to ANY group.

Jennifer Wills, Flagler Health

Johnny Crowder has been one of, if not the best speakers I have had the privilege of working with. His powerful story paired with his relatability allowed for the students at our event to really connect and have meaningful conversations around their mental health. We even had students wanting to take positive action in their own lives and seek treatment after hearing Johnny’s story! Johnny comes fully prepared to engage with the audience and tailors his talks to the specific population of your event. I cannot sing high enough praises about the impact he has had on our community! There are students still talking about what an impact his story had on them. We are so grateful to have such a fierce advocate for mental well-being like Johnny as a friend!

Paige Stanton, Care Connect+