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Mental Health & Substance Use Disorders:

Patrick  Kennedy
Patrick Kennedy

Former US Representative, Rhode Island

Patrick Kennedy was a Representative from Rhode Island to the US House of Representatives. He now works as a mental health advocate and speaks about mental health, healthcare and many other related issues.

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Celine  Gounder
Celine Gounder

HIV/Infectious Diseases Specialist

Dr. Celine Gounder is a practicing HIV/infectious diseases specialist and internist, epidemiologist (aka disease detective), journalist, filmmaker and storyteller. Dr. Gounder is the host and producer of "In Sickness and in Health," a podcast. 

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Tony  Hoffman
Tony Hoffman

Pro BMX Competitor & Recovering Addict

Elite pro BMX competitor Tony Hoffman is the founder and CEO of the Freewheel Project, a non-profit BMX racing organization devoted to educating youth on the importance of leading drug-free lives.

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Chris  Herren
Chris Herren

Former NBA Player / Addiction Recovery Advocate

A hometown basketball legend, Chris Herren realized his dream of playing for the Celtics only to lose it all to addiction. He shares his story in Basketball Junkie & the ESPN documentary Unguarded.

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Ryan  Leaf
Ryan Leaf

Former College & NFL Star QB

Widely known as a star college quarterback and #2 pick in the 1998 NFL draft, Ryan Leaf's career took unexpected turns. Today he is a staunch advocate for those struggling with mental health and addiction issues.

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Sean  Astin
Sean Astin

Actor & Filmmaker

Sean Astin is an actor and director known for his roles in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Goonies, Rudy and Netflix’s Stranger Things 2. Son of actress Patty Duke, he is an advocate for mental health awareness, civic engagement and more.

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Christina  Meredith
Christina Meredith

Abuse & Homelessness Survivor, Author of CinderGirl

Empowering others with her inspiring life story, Christina Meredith survived sexual, mental and emotional abuse, incest, trauma, aging out of foster care, poverty and homelessness to forge a life committed to helping others.

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Nic  Sheff
Nic Sheff

Recovering Addict & Subject of Beautiful Boy

Nic Sheff’s heartbreaking and inspiring struggle with substance abuse disorder is the story of Beautiful Boy, a major motion picture starring Timothée Chalamet as Nic and Steve Carrell as his father, David.

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