Healthline Live Town Hall: Mental Health In Focus

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“When a depressed young man appeared to be tired and losing interest, my grades were dropping…I got an official diagnosis in my thirties.” – Michelle Williams

You know, the thing about mental health is that they’re equally opportunistic — they don’t discriminate.” – gem

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This program was broadcast live on May 25, 2021

Nearly one in five adults in the United States has a mental health condition. This number is increasing in the wake of the year we just witnessed. Mental health problems can take many forms and affect people from all walks of life. If you or a loved one has a mental health condition, you are not alone.

Join for Mental Health in Focus, a virtual event in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month. Our guests include artists, performers, journalists, and advocates, each telling a personal story of his mental health journey through books, radio shows, or institutions that promote public conversation.

Mental health advocates

Taraji P. Henson, actor, writer, producer and director

Taraji P. Henson is an Academy Award nominee, Golden Globe winner, and award-winning film star. hidden characters The successful Fox drama empire. Besides her accomplishments as an actress, writer, and producer, she is a strong advocate for mental health. In 2018, Taraji founded the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation to destigmatize mental illness in the African American community, provide mental health support in urban schools, and increase the number of culturally competent therapists in the field. She is a diary writer, About the girl’s way.

Jewel, singer, songwriter and author

Joel is a singer, songwriter, producer, actress, author, and poet. It has received four Grammy Award nominations and has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. Furthermore, Jewel is an advocate for mental health and vigilance The New York Times bestseller notes never broken He tells how her hard work, determination, and grace enabled her to survive and thrive from the harsh conditions of her youth. Through the Inspiring Children’s Foundation’s Never Broken Program, she’s helping to revolutionize mental health education for at-risk youth.

Michelle Williams, singer, actress, and author

Michelle Williams is a Grammy Award-winning artist and actress who has risen to stardom as a member of mega R&B group Destiny’s Child, most recently appearing on the series Butterfly on Fox. masked singer. An advocate for mental health and empowerment, Michelle is an ambassador for the Office of Women’s Health, a division of the US Department of Health and Human Services, where she works to promote awareness of maintaining optimal physical and mental health through nutrition, exercise, and appropriate medicine. Care. In her next book, sign inIn this article, Michelle shares the intimate, never-before-seen story of how, even in the midst of massive fame and success, she battled depression, which led her to find her true purpose as an advocate for mental health – especially her own.

Dr.. Jennifer Ashton, chief medical correspondent for ABC News

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For the past nine years, Dr. Ashton has been reporting for ABC News on the biggest medical and health stories. Prior to joining ABC News, Dr. Ashton was chief medical correspondent for CBS News and appeared on early show And CBS Evening News with Katie Couric. Ashton received her medical degree from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, and her postgraduate training in Women’s Health and Surgery at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City. Dr. Ashton’s book life after suicide It tells of her journey following the murder of her ex-husband and father of her daughters.

Birchan Shaw, TV Personality, Motivational Speaker, and Business Coach

Birshan Shuo was not born a warrior. became one. A life coach, motivational speaker, multi-faceted entrepreneur, and two-time breast cancer survivor, Berchan has dedicated her life to helping others embrace their inner warrior during life’s toughest journeys. Bershan recently appeared as the newest member of the cast in Season 13 of Real Housewives of New York city.

Dan Harris, ABC News reporter and co-presenter

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Dan Harris is an announcer ABC News Nightline And the weekend editions of good morning america. He is a reporter for ABC News and regularly reports on the 20/20 and weekday issues of good morning america. Dan is also an advocate for mental health awareness through his bestselling book 10% happier, A true story about his journey through the realms of spirituality and self-help, and his discovery of a truly sustainable way to become happier. He pursued this quest after experiencing a live panic attack on air.

Wilma May Pasta, Founder of DRK Beauty

Wilma May Basta is a Philadelphia-born mother of two and the daughter of a civil rights leader. In 2017, she founded DRK Beauty, a digital wellness and mental health platform that helps women of color discover and craft their own unique wellbeing journey. Through DRK Beauty Healing, the organization offers free treatment to women of color across the United States.

Health line supervisors

Erin Petersen Edge, Editor-in-Chief of

Erin Petersen Edge leads the team of more than 200 writers and editors who produce articles and videos for America’s #1 digital health and wellness brand. Erin is a recent Bay Area transplant in the Boston area.

Faye McCray, Editor-in-Chief of

Faye McCray is editor-in-chief of, the Healthline Media brand and the number one destination for mental health content. Faye is also an author, attorney, and former healthcare advocate. She resides in the Washington, DC area.


Steve Soasi, Vice President of Communications at Healthline Media

Steve Soasi oversees external communications for Healthline Media, the #1 digital health publisher whose brands include,, and Steve is located in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Every month Healthline Media publishes over 1,000 clinically approved, evidence-based articles and videos.

This live event is just one part of the consumer experience, “Transformation: Health Equality.” This experience provides a space for our audience to explore personal stories and innovative new tools to inspire education, advocacy and action – today. Join us in making change through education and conversation. Learn more here.

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