Benjamin Garner is a School and Community Presenter for the Stigma-Free Society and an award winning artist, actor and resilient advocate for mental health. Ben has a diverse and fascinating background through the arts, where he expresses a personal interest on the topics of mental health, gender identity, societal norms and connection to the human spirit. He possesses a varied educational background in counseling and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Emily Carr University of Art and Design.
As a queer male, and having recovered from addictions, Ben is a person living with bipolar disorder, who understands the effects that stigma can have on someone who is struggling to fit into societal norms. He has volunteered at the Salvation Army, Harbour Light and Vancouver Detox, Pacifica Treatment Centre and the Vancouver Pride Society. He has 10 years of experience working with marginalized populations with respect to comorbid health concerns, psychopathology, mental health and addictions, gender identity, HIV, personal trauma and stigma related issues.