While there are many standard presentations on mental health, Cam’s message takes this crucial topic to a new, and much needed, higher and more personal level. In my view, his message is critical to our profession’s ongoing fight against mental illness and addiction, lighting the path to a more balanced, healthy practice of law and life in general. I hope that you will have the chance to hear Cam’s transformative story.
— Dianne L. Sweeney, Managing Partner of the Palo Alto, CA law office of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Absolutely fantastic! This session far exceeded my expectations. The speaker was wonderful. It’s a nice feeling to work for a company that is bringing more awareness and beating the stigmas associated with mental health. Thank you so much for putting this on!
— Member HR team of Fortune 100 energy company
Cameron’s story and presentation style make what most attorneys view as compliance training into an opportunity for self-reflection and awareness. I would highly recommend him to others.
— Mike Dillon, former General Counsel of Adobe Systems, Inc
Cam spoke at Princeton University, providing the Mental Health Awareness Month Keynote talk in November 2020. His well-attended presentation was beautiful, thoughtful, caring and incredibly moving. His story of recovery provided a much-needed message of hope in the midst of a difficult pandemic, during which many folks are struggling with mental health challenges. We received a multitude of messages afterwards from people who found the talk helpful in their own lives. Thank you, Cam, for sharing your story, and for spreading hope to our campus community.
– Sarah Marie Bruno, graduate student in Physics and Chair, Graduate Student Government Health & Life
“[Cameron’s talk] helped dissolve a lot of stigma. I was afraid I would lose my community if I shared my inner hurt, but he said sharing makes me braver. I felt brave for suffering alone, but I don’t need to suffer in silence”… “His courage through his journey is inspiring and encouraging. It makes me want to stand up and tell my own story.”
— Castilleja School Seniors’ comments on Cam’s presentation
Cam Stout was one of three speakers at a Stanford Leadwell Network event called “Bringing Depression Out of the Darkness.” Cam’s courageous description of his victory over severe depression was a dynamic complement to the technical presentations of the Stanford professors. Cam’s warm, often gently humorous speaking style really engaged our diverse audience. Cam’s moving fight through suicidal ideation, and his description of his successful strategies of self-care, were both engaging and inspirational. The hope and perspective that Cam brings is a powerful antidote to the stigma that surrounds the daunting mental health and addiction issues our country faces.
— Patty Sue De Vries, Director Stanford Leadwell Network
Cameron’s particular gift is his ability to immediately connect with people and translate that connection into a teaching opportunity. I used to joke with him that if he weren’t so good at being a lawyer, he would make a great teacher or coach. Like all great teachers, Cameron instinctively analyzes why you are off track and how to correct your problem. His coaching is never condescending, but always memorable and often laced with humor.
— Former Law Partner
I don’t think I could have survived as a new law firm associate were it not for Cam Stout’s incredible mentoring. Cam was my trusted advisor and champion. He connects with people in a warm and human way, and the associates at our firm highly respected his openness, candor, skill, and integrity. Any young attorney would be privileged to have Cam for a mentor.
—Former law firm associate