Audley Coley is a mental health coach, philanthropist, fitness and dance instructor, creative chef, the subject of a book, and a friend of the Bell Let’s Talk campaign. He is often called upon to host forum discussions on mental health awareness and was recently seen on CBC’s You Can’t Ask That where he talked about bipolar disorder. He also hosted the live broadcast of the Alianait Arts Festival on Facebook with his lovely daughter for the Nunavut community.
Soaring above mental illness, the subtitle of the first edition of his book Audley Enough is something he credits to many things. First, his support system: a strong Jamaican, God-fearing and closely-knit family. Sports and physical activity come in at a close second. Audley has always been extremely active. He played hockey, soccer and was a dancer/choreographer for most of his life. At the fine age of sixty-two, he can be found at the Atwater Club in Montreal, teaching a class that could put people half his age to shame. Just ask the Yummy Mummies who subscribe to his workouts and carefully crafted Spotify playlist. Next, it’s about food. Audley perfected his culinary skills working as a chef in Frobisher Bay (Iqaluit) and today, cooking is truly his labour of love. He takes vitamins (his medication) regularly and includes frequent visits to the Up House, a place where he goes to get centred and to give back to those who once gave to him. The last and perhaps most important box he checks off on his self-care list is REST.
Audley’s mission is to tell his story so people may recognize themselves and so that the families of those affected will have hope. He wants to share his recipe for success and have the opportunity to change someone’s life in the same way that Patty Duke—who openly shared her journey with bipolar disorder—changed his.