Yashi is very passionate about mental health advocacy and continues to be an active force in providing awareness, recovery resources, and helping those with lived experience from stigmatizing themselves. She’s very vocal in the media and has blogged and provided video content of her journey in recovery for prominent advocacy sites including our nations and She’s also interviewed with CBS, ABC, FOX news stations as well as Ebony/Jet publications.

The following are some articles/videos on advocacy: 


2016 SAMHSA Voice Awards –  Special Recognition Award for Leadership, Advocacy and Outreach; Yashi Brown speech

Huffpost Rise – Gifted With Bipolar

Facebook Live w/ Christine Devine – Mental Health Month Wrap-up

CBS News Los Angeles – Fighting Mental Illness with Poetry

ABC News Los Angeles – Yashi Brown and Her Mother, Rebbie Jackson, Bring Awareness to Mental Illness

Mental – Stories of Hope and Recovery


Thrive Global – Mental Health Sweet Spot Part II: Radical Self Awareness
written by Yashi Brown

Thrive Global – The Sweet Spot, Part I: How Mental Illness Became a Blessing..Not a Curse written by Yashi Brown

Mental – Miracles Happen Everyday written by Yashi Brown

NAMI – Personal Stories written by Yashi Brown

Poet and Activist Center Stage at Mental Illness Stigma-Busting Event

Mental – Making the Recovery from Mental Illness and Addition the Expectation, Not the Exception

NAMI Newswire – NAMI Statement: The White House Conference on Mental Health

NAMI Blog – Mental Illness, Let the Dialogue Begin

NAMI – Sharing Life Through Poetry – Haikus

NAMI Advocate – Silver Linings Playbook Issue –

NAMI – Oh No, I’ve Just been diagnosed with a Mental Illness written by Yashi Brown,-I%E2%80%99ve-Just-Been-Diagnosed-With-a-Mental-Ill


NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) – They are a wonderful resource for helping families across the nation understand the care and patience involved when a family member has a mental health challenge having more than 1100 affiliates. They have wonderful study groups and programs available for managing care and understanding how to navigate through the sometimes challenging mental health care system. There is a lot to consider when facing these situations and the right support is crucial.

MHA (Mental Health America) – Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association) is another one of the country’s leading nonprofit dedicated to helping ALL people live mentally healthier lives. With our more than 320 affiliates nationwide, they represent a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation – everyday and in times of crisis.

The following is a great resource for some recommended books on mental health. Enjoy :)

  • Adamec, C. (1996). How to live with a mentally ill person: A handbook of day-to-day strategies. New York: Wiley.

  • Adams, N. & Grieder, D. (2005). Treatment Planning for Person-Centered Care: The Road to Mental Health and Addiction Recovery. New York: Academic Press.

  • Amador, Xavier (2000). I am not sick, I don’t need help. New York: Vida Publishers.

  • Andreasen, N. (2001). Brave new brain: Conquering mental illness in the era of the genome. New York: Oxford University Press. (1984). The broken brain: The Biological Revolution in Psychiatry. New York: Harper & Row.

  • Backlar, P. (1994). The family face of schizophrenia: Practical counsel from America’s leading experts. New York: Putnam.

  • Basco, M. R. & Rush, A.J. (2007). Cognitive behavioral therapy for bipolar disorder (2nd ed.). New York: Guilford Press.

  • Beck, A.T. & Rector, N.A. (2008). Schizophrenia: Cognitive theory, research and therapy. New York: Guilford Press.

  • Behrman, A. (2002). Electroboy: A Memoir of Mania. New York: Random House.

  • Bourne, E. J. (2005). The anxiety & phobia workbook (4th ed.). Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.

  • Bradshaw, J. (1996). The Family. (Self Esteem.) Deerfield Beach, FL: Health Communications.

  • Brondolo, E. & Amador, X. (2007). Breaking the bipolar cycle: A day-by-day guide to living with bipolar disorder. New York: McGraw-Hill.

  • Campbell, B.M. (2004). 72 Hour Hold. New York: Knopf.

  • Cheney, T. (2011). The Dark Side of Innocence: Growing Up Bipolar. New York: Simon & Schuster. (2008). Mania: A Memoir. New York: Harper Collins.

  • Cockburn, P. & Cockburn, H. (2011). Henry’s Demons. (Schizophrenia.)New York: Scribner.

  • Copeland, M. E. (1994). Living without depression and manic depression: A workbook for maintaining mood stability. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.

  • Davis, C. (2009). Bipolar Bare.

  • Deveson, A. (1992). Tell Me I’m Here. New York: Penguin.

  • DePaulo, J.R. (2003). Understanding depression: What we know and what you can do about it. New York: Wiley.

  • Drake, R. & Becker, D. (2001). A working life for people with severe mental illness (1st ed.). New York: Oxford University Press.

  • Duke, P. & Hochman, G. (1992). A brilliant madness: Living with manic-depressive illness. New York: Bantam Books.

  • Earley, P. (2006). Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness. New York: Berkley Books.

  • Ellis, A. (1994). How to stubbornly refuse to make yourself miserable about anything – yes, anything. New York: Carol Publishing.

  • Fawcett. J. & Golden, B. (2007). New hope for people with bipolar disorder. New York: Three Rivers Press.

  • Fink, C. & Kraynak, J. (2007). Bipolar disorder for dummies. New York: Wiley.

  • Golant, M. & Golant S. (2007). What to do when someone you love is depressed. Austin, TX: Holt.

  • Gorman, J.M. (2007). The Essential Guide to Psychiatric Drugs (rev. ed). New York: St. Martin’s Press.

  • Griest, J. H. & Jefferson, J.W. (1998). Panic disorder and agoraphobia: A guide. Madison, WI: Madison Institute of Medicine.

  • Hoffman, P.D. & Steiner-Grossman, P. (2008). Borderline personality disorder: Meeting the challenges to successful treatment. New York: Haworth Press.

  • Jamison, K.R. (1999). Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide. New York: Knopf. (1995).

  • Koplewicz, H. (2002). More than moody: Recognizing and treating adolescent depression. New York: Putnam.

  • Levine, J. & Levine, I.S. (2009). Schizophrenia for dummies. New York: Wiley.

  • Liberman, R.P. (2008). Recovery From Disability. Virginia: American Psychiatric Publishing.

  • Mason, P. & Kreger, R. (1998). Stop Walking On Eggshells: Taking Your Life Back When Someone You Care About Has Borderline Personality Disorder. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.

  • McManamy, J. (2006). Living well with bipolar disorder: What your doctor doesn’t tell you that you need to know. New York: Harper.

  • Minkoff, K. & Drake, R. (1991). New Directions for Mental Health Services No. 50. (Dual diagnosis of major mental illness and substance disorder.) San Francisco: Jossey- Bass.

  • North, C. (1987). Welcome, Silence: My Triumph Over Schizophrenia. N.Y.: Simon & Schuster.

  • Osborn, I. (1999). Tormenting Thoughts and Secret Rituals: The Hidden Epidemic of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. New York: Delacorte Press.

  • Papolos, D. F. & Papolos, J. (1997) Overcoming Depression (3rd ed). New York: Harper.

  • Russell, M. L. (2005). Planning for the future: Providing a meaningful life for a child with disability. Evanston, IL: American Publishing Company.

  • Saks, E.R. (2007). The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey through Madness. N.Y.: Hyperion.

  • Schiller, L. & Bennett, A. (1994). The Quiet Room: Out of the Torment of Madness. N.Y: Warner.

  • Secunda, V. (1997). When madness comes home: Help and hope for the children, siblings and partners of the mentally ill. New York: Hyperion.

  • Sheehan, S. (1982). Is there no place on earth for me? New York: Houghton Mifflin.

  • Temes, R. (2002). Getting your life back together when you have schizophrenia. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.

  • Torrey, E. F., et al. (1995). Schizophrenia and manic-depressive disorder. N.Y.:HarperCollins. (2005). Surviving manic depression. N.Y.: Basic Books. (2006). Surviving schizophrenia: A manual for families, consumers and providers. (5th ed.). New York: Collins Living.

  • Wahl, D. (1999). Telling is risky business: Mental health consumers confront stigma. Piscataway, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

  • Wang, D.C. (2010). The Kitchen Shrink. New York: Riverhead Books-Penguin Group.

  • Wyden, P. (1998). Conquering Schizophrenia: A Father, His Son and a Medical Breakthrough. New York: Knopf.

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