In the spring of 2015, Give an Hour launched the Campaign to Change Direction — a collective impact effort that brings together corporations, nonprofit organizations, communities, influencers and government agencies — in an effort to change the culture of mental health.
Culture change takes time. In order to be effective, movements must create a constant drum beat that delivers a compelling message — one that engages, educates and inspires. And it certainly helps to have a variety of mechanisms, opportunities and distribution channels that delivers that message.
One of our most passionate champions is an award-winning advocate who is using her creative gifts to reach a new audience with the important messages embedded in the Campaign to Change Direction. In addition to being an accomplished poet, Yashi Brown is a respected leader within the mental health community. A member of the immensely talented Jackson family, Yashi talks openly about the experience of living with Bipolar Disorder. She is refreshingly honest, impressively kind and ever hopeful. Yashi believes that we can change our culture and she is using poetry to move us closer to our shared goal.