Dr. Desiree` Kelly

Workplace Wellness and Mental Health Advocate

Topics include:

  • Mental Health

  • Leadership

  • Relationship

  • Workplace Success

Available for:

  • Keynotes

  • Breakout sessions

  • Training

  • Facilitatation

  • Panel discussions


Dr. Desireè Kelly is the Public Health and Education Manager at Mental Health America of the MidSouth, where she oversees the Erasing the Stigma Youth Program and the Mind the Workplace Wellness Program. She has over 27 years of combined experience as a public speaker, curriculum developer, and trainer. She specializes in designing and implementing curricula for various generational cohorts in diverse public health topics, specifically mental health education and self-care management resources. 

Dr. Kelly completed her certification at IAP Career College as an Executive Coach for individuals and corporations. She holds various certifications in suicide prevention, as well as a bachelor’s degree from the University of Memphis, a master’s degree from University of Central Arkansas, and a doctorate in public health advocacy and leadership from Capella University. In 2020, Dr. Kelly was nominated for the Education Award for Nashville 2020 Women Who Rocks. 

Dr. Kelly’ s personal mission is reach then teach. This allows her to provide resources and education to everyone who desires to be the best version of themselves, to date that includes having spoken to over 50,000 people. One of Dr. Kelly’s favorite quotes is, “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. ” - Dr. Maya Angelou

Why She Is Your Speaker

"Dr. Kelly provided a Workplace Wellness workshop for the Nashville Repertory Theatre for our very out-of-work artists.  Not only did Dr. Kelly take the time to find out what unique challenges artists are facing right now, she modified her presentation to better reflect the life-changing situation that anyone in the entertainment industry is dealing with.  Our artists were provided with a basic understanding of what they may be going through mental-healthwise and ways to cope with day to day challenges, they were also given pages and pages of resources for them to seek further help."  

Erica Jo Lloyd

"Our teachers were very impressed with your presentation.  Many of them needed your message of hope and self-care.  While others are talking about how to help our teachers and students with mental health issues, you are doing it. We all love your idea of a mental health day and hope you continue to spread this message throughout the state."

Missy F  

"Our  students at GES had the opportunity to hear the Bully presentation and Dr. Kelly was fantastic! She was so relatable to the students, she held their attention, she used their “language” and they truly listened to what she had to share. We will definitely be asking for Dr. Kelly to come back and speak to our students again." 

Shanna D

Most Requested Talks

Speak Out: Starting the conversation about Suicide

Mental Health & Stigmas

Stress in the Workplace

COVID 19 & Employees Mental Health

Risky Decisions and Substance Abuse