Mental Health Reframe with TEDx speaker Johnny Crowder of Cope Notes (Episode 20)

Bec and Nat interview TEDx speaker and Forbes-endorsed mental health advocate Johnny Crowder, who has built a whole system around reframing negative thinking.

  • Almost his whole life, Johnny didn’t know that he could work out his brain like he did his body.
  • We all need to find the right wording when it comes to self-care. We might not speak the same language but we are needing the same things.
  • Johnny tells us about his company which provides daily mental health support via text messages to interrupt negative thoughts.
  • One of the privileges we have as adults is our ability to get up and walk away in toxic situations.

Johnny Crowder is a 29-year-old suicide/abuse survivor, TEDx speaker, touring 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. 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’s youthful vigor for mental health has impacted millions of lives across the globe.

Since his first keynote in 2011, Johnny's refreshingly candid perspective has attracted praise from hundreds of outlets, including Upworthy, CNN, and Forbes. Even when commanding a virtual stage or touring with his metal band, Prison, his infectious positivity and firsthand experience with multiple mental illnesses (ranging from bipolar disorder and OCD to schizophrenia) uniquely equip him to provide realistic, yet hopeful insight into the pains of hardship with authenticity, levity, and unconventional wit.

Watch Johnny's powerful TEDx Talk here and email him directly at