About Ivy Watts

Mental Health Empowerment Speaker

A former student-athlete who appeared to have it all together, graduating Summa Cum Laude and a top 30 finalist for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award, on the inside struggled daily with anxiety, self-worth and depression. After finally seeking help, Ivy, who is Mental Health First Aid Certified, promotes mental wellness and reduces stigma around mental illness by sharing her story through public speaking and her blog, Beautifully Simply You. Ivy empowers others to speak their truths, know that they are not alone, learn the beauty of self-love and find strength to keep fighting for their tomorrows.

Ivy has her undergrad in Psychology from University of New Haven, her Masters in Public Health from Boston University, and also has her certification in Mental Health First Aid


Ivy has empowered over 8,000 students and over 3,000 administrators and parents to practice mental wellness for themselves and for others. Together, we can change and save lives. Will you join the movement? 

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Speaking Topics

Breaking the Stereotype and
Stigma of Mental Health Problems

Mental Health Speaking Topics

“I have heard dozens of speakers in my life, yours was by far the best speech I have ever heard” – Attendee, New Hampshire Student Leadership Conference 2019


My Entire Life, I Always Wanted To Do Something Bigger Than Myself.

I Am Forever Thankful That My Story Has Allowed Me To Do That!

“You helped me to better understand and accept my anxiety as just a part of me, just as much as my determination and kindness are a part of me. Your presentation inspired me to start to get my life together, and to start to learn to love me again. Standing up that day and coming up to you after the presentation was the start of me taking back control of my mind.”

Student, Sacred Heart Academy

A lot of coaches don’t realize how important it is to be aware of these issues, it’s not just about the X’s and O’s, we need to know what is going on with our athletes, peers, friends and families. Since your talk, I’ve made sure I keep my eyes open to any signs positive or negative. THANK YOU, Ivy, for sharing your talk with us all, because we all needed to hear it.”

Shaunnaya Williams, Director Track & Field, University of New Haven

“Your story resonated so much with me. You were just so inspiring and honestly, just thank you so much for speaking to us tonight. Knowing that someone as inspirational and confident as you, has been there too, just makes me feel so much more secure. You are truly incredible”

Student-Athlete, Stonehill College

"You gave me the strength to schedule an appointment with a counselor on campus to help with the negativity and stress that I've been dealing with for so long. I finally feel empowered to make a change in my life  after being in the dark for so long. I think everyone in the room took something out of your story."

Student-Athlete, Bentley University

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