Press Release


Contact: Richard J. Dalton Jr., 604-630-6684

VANCOUVER - March 12, 2012 - Margaret Trudeau, the author of the best-selling memoir “Changing My Mind,” is working on a new collection of anecdotes about finding happiness, she exclusively tells Beautiful Minds Radio, a Vancouver-based radio show focusing on mental health. In the interview to air March 12 and March 19, Trudeau discusses her bipolar disorder and her next book.

"I have found in my path in the last 10 years an awful lot of happiness," she says. "The next book I hope is going to be, again, stories but this time about how to make really good choices to be happy. I think we can choose to be happy in our lives. We can choose to wake up and grumble all day and be bitter and angry and judge others and find satisfaction in others doing bad instead of good, or we can we wake up with optimism and love and say 'Just what is this beautiful day going to bring me?'"

The anecdotes in the new book will come from family and friends and from people she has encountered on the road, she tells Beautiful Minds Radio. Trudeau says she’s just begun compiling the collection and may publish the book next year.

Beautiful Minds Radio, which will air the interview with Margaret Trudeau in two segments, seeks to inform people about mental illness, promote mental health in all of us, increase acceptance and erode the stigma of mental illness. The show includes news, interviews, a mental health condition of the week, commentary, humour and events related to mental illness. The program has a diverse group of staffers with mental illnesses including depression, dysthymia, bipolar disorder, OCD and schizophrenia, as well as some programmers without mental illness who manage to make it through life quite fine anyway.

Beautiful Minds Radio, on Coop Radio, 102.7 FM, is heard on the second and third Mondays of the month, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Vancouver, and via The show’s website

The radio program, a unique offering in Canada, is part of a larger trend of people seeking to break the silence, demystify psychiatric disorders and de-stigmatize mental illness.

Story Ideas
  • Margaret Trudeau reveals she will publish a book of anecdotes about "how to make really good choices to be happy."
  • A radio show about mental illness, with programmers who have mental illnesses or an interest in mental health
  • More people with mental illnesses are speaking out and debunking stereotypes

Beautiful Minds Radio Programmers willing to be interviewed:
  • Richard J. Dalton Jr, host; has dysthymia, a mild chronic depression
  • Steven Elliott, operator; has clinical depression
  • Deyna Gillis, associate producer; has bipolar I
  • Dr. Chris Gorman, co-host of mental health condition of the week and colour commentary; head of outpatient psychiatry at St. Paul's Hospital
  • Brendan Beiser, co-host of mental health condition of the week and colour commentary; actor