Spoken Word Artist & Mental Health Advocate
Yashi Brown is a writer, poet, spoken word artist and passionate mental health advocate. After a rare disappearance at 24 years old, she was found by Los Angeles law enforcement skipping along Ventura Boulevard in a psychotic, manic state. From then on, Yashi, daughter Rebbie Jackson, eldest member of the high profile musical Jackson family, vowed to keep her condition a secret as doctors diagnosed her with schizoaffective disorder and then later was confirmed as bipolar disorder type I. Read More >
Poet and Mental Health Advocate
How to open up and navigate the world of mental health.
An illness that’s for many, either a literal or figurative death sentence, can be the catalyst to one achieving long-lasting happiness.
The process of healing from a self-imposed stigma and how telling one’s personal story can fast track and cement mental health recovery.
While on her steady and bumpy journey in recovery, Yashi came across meditation. A new world emerged as she was able to self-medicate her bipolar mania/psychosis symptoms without pharmaceuticals. Then, she unfortunately experienced a toxic and drawn-out divorce. On the heels of two more manic relapses she uncovered the beautiful synergy that exists between medication, meditation, and healthy/positive living.
Inspired by her personal journey and "Campaign to Change Direction’s" 5 Signs of Emotional pain.
"I would like to acknowledge again the heartfelt and outstanding poetry workshops you held. Your workshop was the first program-wide poetry workshop designed for our forensic patients in the past 15 years. While we may offer various therapeutic services and treatment modalities, we have not had an opportunity to bring in someone who uses poetry as the treatment focus for working with patients who have been diagnosed with borderline personalities, schizophrenia, and major depression. The residue of your experience, training, and knowledge regarding mental illness and the use of poetry continues to be mentioned throughout the hospital. The patients have not stopped talking about it. In addition to your workshops with the patients, I would like to recognize the very informative and interactive presentation as our keynote speaker that you did at the MSH-NAMI meeting. It appears every time you come to Metropolitan State Hospital, you change the lives of so many people. Thanks again for your time and efforts to assist our patients in their wellness process."
"Yashi gave one of the motivational speeches at the Los Angeles County NAMI Walks. She is a compelling speaker who tells her unique story in an interesting and emotional way. Her natural charisma gets the crowd’s attention and she has the ability to use both prose and poetry to communicate her message."
"Yashi is naturally generous and open-minded, and she shared that with our large audience. She considered our suggestions about the morning program’s script and enhanced everything with her own perspective, tone, and outgoing personality. Her speech was thoughtful and from the heart, not recited from prepared notes. She was truly inspirational in her talking about mental health and the challenges and opportunities that accompany it. Her spoken word piece resonated deeply with our crown of 4,500 attendees. Her cadence in her presentation and her confidence in her lived experience set her apart from all of our other speakers that morning. She amped us up, renewed our spirit of compassion and advocacy, and made us feel connected and cared for. No one could have served us better in that capacity and we very much look forward to coordinating with Yashi again in the near future."