TEDxBuckheadAve Welcomes Mental Health Expert and “Human Connection Warrior” Bernard J. Owens Jr.

(Atlanta, GA) August 29, 2023 – Author, Speaker and Mental Health Expert, Bernard Owens, Jr. will join the TEDxBuckheadAve team as a featured speaker for its inaugural TEDx event. This public event will take place on September 16, 2023, at MODEx Studio in Atlanta, GA from 9:30am-4:00pm. The theme for this year’s event is “Immerse Yourself” and promises audiences the opportunity to “journey inside the minds of our brilliant innovators and witness their talks unfold in front of a curved 60-foot-wide IMAX-like video canvas. Speakers will leverage virtual worlds and augmented reality as their dramatic theatrical backdrop – sharing stories of immersion in a big idea, a pivot, the unexpected, what matters, etc.”


Stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. TEDx events are an extension of TED, granted to local communities and “created in the spirit of TED’s overall mission to research and discover “ideas worth spreading.” According to TED.com, “these events are organized by passionate individuals who seek to uncover new ideas and to share the latest research in their local areas that spark conversations in their communities.”

2023 TEDxBuckheadAve Speaker

Bernard Owens Jr. is an author, inspirational speaker + mental wellness coach who has dedicated his life to helping people unlock their true potential. As a CPSS (Certified Peer Support Specialist) and QMHP (Qualified Mental Health Professional) for the State of Virginia, Bernard has nearly a decade of experience working in community mental health within marginalized communities. His latest work, “The Only Thing Wrong With You, Is That You Think Something’s Wrong With You” serves the reader as a hard-hitting personal account of his triumph over adversity and a roadmap for achieving greater personal happiness + life transformation from lessons learned along his journey.

When asked about what this opportunity means to him, Owens said “Every day, I have the privilege of helping clients one-on-one in the Mental Health and Community Mental Health arenas. The TEDx stage is a powerful platform and a phenomenal opportunity to spread my message to a wider audience and help people on a larger scale. My mission is to provide people with a sense of hope and leave them inspired to keep going, one day at a time.”


Owen’s personal and professional mission is to teach people practical steps to reinvent themselves and embrace their past “mistakes” by using proven clinical techniques. He approaches difficult topics with sensitivity and openly shares his own past mental health experiences of depression and suicidal ideations in order to help them integrate the wisdom gained through adversity to start anew.

“I hope to foster greater empathy and greater understanding amongst TEDx audiences by imparting messages that will trickle down to families, friends and communities”

-Bernard J. Owens Jr. To learn more about TEDxBuckheadAve, visit https://www.ted.com/tedx/events/52324

About Bernard J. Owens Jr.

Bernard J. Owens Jr. M.Div. 

Is a truly inspiring and transformative motivational speaker who has dedicated his life to making positive impacts on the lives of others. Owens has worked with some of the world’s top leaders, coaches, and universities in sharing his message of happiness, positivity, and transformation. His message of transformation is relevant for both individuals and organizations. He helps people identify their unique gifts and how they can be used to achieve higher success.

Owens also provides actionable advice on making meaningful changes in one’s life and developing lasting happiness. He is passionate about helping others create a better, more fulfilling life and encourages people to focus on being their best version.

Bernard J. Owens Jr. is a perfect choice if you are looking for an inspirational speaker who can help your team or organization reach its goals. Bernard has a wealth of knowledge and experience in helping individuals and teams transform their lives and become the best version of themselves. Bernard provides powerful advice on achieving success, increasing happiness and fulfillment, and ultimately making a lasting impact. Bernard’s unique message of transformation will leave your team or organization feeling inspired and ready to take action toward achieving its goals. Bernard is truly a force of nature, and his passion for helping others is unmatched.

Bernard Owens has been a leader in happiness and transformation for many years, inspiring audiences worldwide with his uplifting messages of hope, spiritual growth, and personal empowerment. His passionate talks provide viewers with tangible strategies to live more joyfully, become open to change, and understand their potential. He encourages everyone to embrace their challenges without fear and continually move towards their future goals. Owens inspires us all, reminding us that no matter how hard life gets, we can improve it if we never give up on our dreams.

Bernard employs humor and candor to challenge the status quo and empower individuals to take charge of their lives. His unique insights into positive thinking, mindfulness, creative thinking, and communication have made Bernard’s speeches inspirational events that make lasting impacts on individuals and organizational growth.