Yashi Brown is an author, writer, poet, public speaker, and a leading voice in the mental health space since 2011. Also, a member of the world-famous Jackson Family, Yashi’s 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, Yashi realized her path to recovery. Today, she is an award-winning mental health advocate and artist/public speaker thriving with bipolar type I.
Google’s privacy team invited Yashi to speak during their “privacy week” panel discussions on user features and mental health privacy and she performed and/or keynoted at SXSW, BlogHer Health, NEXUS, NAMI, LACMA Mental Health Culture Change and Mental Health First Aid Summits. Yashi again provided a personal narrative and shared spoken word at We Rise 2018, Los Angeles County’s hugely successful mental health awareness campaign and featured in the kickoff rally with Common, Black Eyed Peas and Why we Rise with Patrick Kennedy. She returned for We Rise 2019 and appeared with advocates, Madchen Amick and Mariel Hemingway.
Most notably, Yashi participated in former President Obama’s 2013 National Dialogue on Mental Illness campaign in response to the Sandy Hook shootings. For the administration’s SAMHSA 2016 Voice Awards, presented by Dr. Oz, Yashi, her mother Rebbie and sister, Stacy Brown, received the Special Recognition Voice Award, one of America’s highest mental health honors for her role in leadership.
In the meantime, Yashi’s upcoming Instagram Live Series, audio re-release of her book of poems, Black Daisy in a White Limousine and an immersive music and spoken word experience is keeping her busy. She is passionate about continuing global advocacy in Africa while keeping up with her poetry workshops at mental health locked facilities in the Los Angeles area. Yashi 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.