Sarah Keast is one of the co-founders of Crying Out Loud, as well as a writer, public speaker and activist. She is a widow, a mom of two young girls and a wannabe Wonder Woman. Through her writing, public speaking, workshops and her TEDx talk, she explores the topics of love and loss, mental health and substance use disorder, shame and stigma, and the power of empathy, compassion and connection all while sprinkling in a healthy use of the f-bomb and humour. Her writing has been published in Chatelaine, Today’s Parent, Good Morning America, ABC and the New Family. She has appeared on several podcasts including The New Family and She Does the City, as well as on CBC Metro Morning and CBC Here and Now. In addition, she has both workshop facilitation and panel speaking experience. She was honoured by Chatelaine magazine in 2019 by placing her on their ‘Women of the Year’ list. Prior to founding Crying Out Loud, she honed her retail chops by working in both the planning and merchandising teams at TJX Canada (Winners/Marshalls/Homesense) for 17 years. She is on her own personal journey to find mental wellness and as a result, she has traded the corporate life in order to create Crying Out Loud. She believes her lived experience with grief, mental illness and post traumatic growth as well as her openness to share this experience is an invaluable part of what Crying Out Loud offers.