Give an Hour Announces Mental Health Ambassadors

BETHESDA, Maryland, Dec. 14, 2021 (The Globe Newswire) – Over the past two years, many people, including mainstream culture, have recognized the importance of prioritizing mental health and emotional well-being. Emotional suffering has increased dramatically since the pandemic. It is encouraging to see that more people are not only concerned with their physical health but also their mental health. Even with this recognition, the stigma surrounding mental health persists. One of the best ways to “normalize” something is to get people to talk about it. That’s why give a watch® (GAH), a national non-profit organization, launched its ambassador program with well-known and trusted public figures who deeply believe that mental health care is essential to a happy and healthy life. GAH believes that within communities are resources to address many of the challenges facing society – challenges that often result in pain and emotional suffering.

“Each GAH Ambassador has a personal story about why they are using their voice to raise awareness about the importance of caring for our mental health, seeking help when we need it, and sharing strategies on how to prioritize their emotional well-being. By normalizing mental health, we will see significant change and our Ambassadors position Perfect for amplifying awareness messages.” – Dr. Trina Clayo, CEO, GAH

They are excited to welcome the following ambassadors:

  • Brian Abrams, two-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter;
  • Elle Mark, Miss Minnesota, mother dog and difference maker;
  • Showtime Sean Porter, former two-time world welterweight champion boxer;
  • Anna Shinoda, author Learn not to drown.
  • Allen Simmons, motivational speaker, veteran and author can i speak;
  • Stefani Szostak, actor.

GAH Ambassadors use their platforms to advance the mental health conversation and inspire others to create healthy emotional habits as well as proactive measures to stay mentally and physically healthy.

“Growing up, I needed someone like me to tell me it was okay to not be feeling well. My mental health journey wasn’t easy, but it became so much easier when I was provided with role models to guide me, tools to express my experiences and a support system to hold my hand through it all This is why I joined Give an Hour as an ambassador. Their tools are easy to learn and create a common language that allows us to communicate about our feelings and our well-being!” – El Mark

I was really ashamed when I first sought mental health help 22 years ago, but it ended up being one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I hope we get to the point where getting needed mental health care is commonplace – both in terms of ease of finding and providing providers, and in celebrating them in making the decision to seek help. The Give an Hour program moves us toward this goal by providing educational resources, access to care, and initiatives to change the culture around mental health.” – Anna Shinoda

The ambassadors participated in the Playbook 180 webinar series launched in August. They were real, honest, and vulnerable because they shared how they prioritized their mental health and shared the struggles they faced along the way. GAH will continue to provide opportunities for followers to listen to these advocates as well as provide ways to engage and engage with this dynamic group of people.

Find out more about the GAH ambassadors here.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Kristen Richardson

Communications and Public Relations Manager

krichardson@giveanhour.org

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