Sonja Wasden | Author

Sonja Wasden

sonja wasden

Sonja is a suicide survivor.  She is a mental health advocate, keynote speaker, and author. Her memoir,  An Impossible Life, is a best seller and Eric Hoffer Grand Prize Winner.  Sonja’s mental health advocacy work includes drug addiction recovery programs, homeless shelters, firefighters, police officers, veterans, women’s prisons, and others. 

Oprah Winfrey participated virtually in one of Sonja’s mental health book clubs’ discussions at Central California Women’s Facility, the worlds largest women’s prison.

She has been interviewed in all 50 states on local and national news, including CBS This Morning, about her personal struggles and triumph with mental illness  Sonja has traveled the country speaking with Fortune 500 companies, not-for-profit organizations, government officials, advocacy groups, and others about the importance of mental health. She has been an op-ed contributor in such publications as The Washington Post, The Hill, Ms. Magazine, Kevin M.D., NAMI (National Alliance Mental Illness), Oprah Daily, and others.  Sonja is a member of Newsweek Expert Forum.

Sonja has had the privilege of sharing her story and message of hope with millions of people.  She is passionate about helping individuals and organizations create open and inclusive conversations around mental health.