Joshua Rivedal moved from New Jersey to New York City at the age of 20 to tackle the world of fame, fortune, and the Broadway stage...in what he thought would be a stepping stone to Hollywood and a star on the walk of fame.
Eight years later and through a series of remarkable life events, a bad economy, and mixture of collegiate and self-education; Joshua reinvented himself as an international public speaker, author, playwright, curriculum developer, educator, marketing consultant, and arts entrepreneur.
Heʼs a mixture of creative and logic, business and pleasure, local-centric and global minded. As a public speaker his primary focus is on suicide prevention, mental health, diversity/inclusion, and anti-bullying; speeches and seminars on his experiences as a survivor of loss, an attempt survivor, an abuse survivor, and youth suicide prevention. His mental health based curriculum, Changing Minds, is a six module series that combines lecture, storytelling, group discussion, and improv theatre to enhance emotional development—providing hope, help, and providing life saving skills. Modules include: The Basics of Mental Health, How to Develop Coping Skills, The Importance of Storytelling and Support Systems, Living With a Mental Health Condition, Suicide Awareness and Prevention, Anti-bullying/Diversity and Inclusion.