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5 Voices to Amplify: Mental Health Edition

5 Voices To Amplify: Mental Health Edition

Each quarter we outline a series of individuals’ voices to amplify. This round up of mental health doctors, professionals, and advocates is one of the rarest we’ve compiled, however, it’s also one of the most important areas we can draw attention to.

According to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experience mental illness and 17% of 6-17-year-olds experience a mental health disorder. In the black community alone, over 7 million individuals reported having a mental illness in the past year.

It’s no surprise to many of us who have suffered from a chronic or short term mental health disorder and the importance of drawing attention to this has become more vital, as seen over the past year as we all battle COVID and the effects of the pandemic. 

Here’s our list of 5 leaders to follow in the mental health space:

 

Dr. Brene Brown: Speaker, Author, and Storyteller

Focus: 

Courage, Vulnerability, Shame, and Empathy

Why we follow:

You might already be familiar with Brene Brown. In 2019, one of her most well known talks, The Call to Courage, was documented and featured on Netflix. She’s also authored 10 books and hosets 2 podcasts. Her tweets consist of thought-provoking messages that center around one of her most popular mottos, “Courage over comfort.” She shares tons of resources, talks, and insights surrounding mental health. Learn more about Brene on her website.

 

Dr. Sue Johnson: Psychologist, Researcher, and Author

Focus: 

Emotions and Relationships

Why we follow:

Over 30 years ago, Dr. Sue Johnson began researching emotional connections of couples and developed EFT (Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy). She is the author of 2 books and provides online training for other mental health professionals. Her tweets consist of research she’s conducted on couples’ relationships, emotions, and the science of attachment and bonding. She shared videos as well as articles from her blog. Learn more about Sue on her website.

 

Dr. Mitch Prinstein: Psychologist, Researcher, and Author

Focus: 

Children and Adolescents

Why we follow:

I learned about Mitch from a psychologist friend of mine. He’s very well known in the research field, as are many of the others on this list, and his Peer Relations Lab has been conducting research on adolescent psychology for over 20 years. His most recent book, Popular, explores how popularity affects our daily lives. His timeline is filled with information about APA (American Psychological Association) and recent developments they’ve made in his research space. Learn more about Mitch on his website. 

 

Dr. Jessica Clemons: Psychiatrist

Focus: 

Mental Illness within the Black Community

Why we follow:

Dr. Jess’s mission is, “to reduce stigma associated with mental illness, particularly in the Black community.” She led the first live televised therapy session on VH1 and her advocacy efforts can be seen across the social media community. She tweets about mental health issues affecting the Black community, conversations with celebrities and her community, as well as her upcoming live talks on social media platforms. Learn more about Jessica on her website

 

Natasha Tracy: Writer and Speaker

Focus: 

Depression & Bipolar Disorder

Why we follow:

Natasha is the author of the Bipolar Burble Blog which has been named a Top 10 Bipolar blog by Health.com, Medical News Today, and others. She is a published author, speaker, and mental health thought leader. Her timeline consists of tweets surrounding Bipolar disorder, mental health, mental wellbeing, and wellness Learn more on her website.

 

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While this list is nowhere near complete, these are a few of the notable professionals who are making great strides in helping the public to better understand mental disorders and how those experiencing mental illness can be better equipped respond to them.

Did we miss anyone you would add to this list? Share our blog by clicking the button below and tag others who are advocating for mental health. And, be sure to follow us on Twitter for more updates, tips, tricks, and advice from our team and industry professionals.

Jered Martin

Jered is the co-founder, COO and support manager at OnePitch. He handles operations for OnePitch; along with strategy, support, business development and hiring. He studied Communications with an emphasis in marketing at Cal State University Long Beach. In his free time, he enjoys surfing, eating cheap street food, cooking, and exploring the outdoors.

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