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Yashi Brown        

Spoken Word Artist, Mental Health Advocate

Yashi Brown is a writer, poet, pubic speaker and leading voice in the mental health community and movement. Poetry became her chosen creative expression upon experiencing severe bipolar depression and mania symptoms as a young adult. Fueled by a burning desire to feel empowered and her deep spirituality, Brown found her path to recovery. Today, Brown is an award-winning speaker and mental health advocate thriving with bipolar type I.

Since 2011, Brown’s poetry, spoken word and story of recovery have been featured on Today Show, CNN, HuffPost Rise, SIRIUS XM, FOX News, CBS, ABC, KTLA, Ebony/Jet and TeenVogue media outlets and publications. She has published mental health pieces for Thrive Global, Huffington Post, NAMI National, NAMI Advocate and our HHS Department with a focus on self-empowerment, eliminating self-imposed stigma, radical self-awareness and the many faces of recovery.

Brown also participated in former President Obama’s 2013 National Dialogue on Mental Illness campaign in response to the Sandy Hook shootings. The administration still uses her advocacy video among Glen Close, Cher, Elyn Saks and other leading advocates. For SAMHSA’s 2016 Voice Awards, presented by Dr. Oz, Brown, her mother Rebbie and sister, Stacy Brown, received the Special Recognition Award, one of America’s highest mental health honors for community leadership.

In the meantime, Brown’s entertainment podcast and release of an immersive music and spoken word experience keeps her busy. She’s passionate about continuing her global advocacy in Africa while keeping up with her poetry workshops at mental health locked facilities in the Los Angeles area. She wants the world to know that with loving support, proper treatment and perseverance, mental health recovery is not only a reality but should be an expectation.


The Sweet Spot: How Mental Illness Became A Blessing… Not a Curse

I had a burning desire not to feel powerless.

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