John Melnick Speaking Services   


My mission


My mission is to share information about ways I have found to RISE ABOVE.

I love playing golf, watching baseball and watching movies that make you think. I'm a successful professional speaker who balances a challenging schedule with spending time with my family. I also live with severe depression. With a supportive family, a good doctor and the right medication, I am able to RISE ABOVE and live a full life and make a real contribution to my community. I am sharing my story because I want to get people talking about depression.

FACE IT - Mental Illness concerns us all.

On September 19,2002 in the midst of a deep depression, I attempted suicide for the third time. I swam fully clothed in a business suit into the middle of the swift flowing, deep Red River. In the middle of the river I decided I wanted to live. I swam out and spent the next six weeks in the mental health ward in the Victoria General Hospital. I have been in recovery ever since.

I have concluded that we must smash the stigma which prevents us from speaking about mental health issues if we are to improve mental health conditions and RISE ABOVE.


John Melnick

​(204) 471-8816


My vision is to have all people RISE ABOVE things they didn't know they could RISE ABOVE from.