Therapist and Suicide Survivor Receives International Award for Mental Health Advocacy
CHARLOTTE, NC (March 18, 2019) — On Sunday, March 10, 2019 at the South By Southwest (SXSW) Community Services Awards in Austin, Texas, mental health change agent, author and social entrepreneur, Rwenshaun Miller, received the SXSW Community Service Award. Rwenshaun, a licensed therapist and mental health advocate, accepted the award after more than five years of advocacy for ending the stigma around mental health.
According to an SXSW representative, “The Community Service Award is intended to honor the breadth of community service work of 6 individuals rather than organizations or groups. We are looking for individuals whose creative community service work bridges the digital divide, impacts the community positively and includes some degree of grassroots or hands-on organizing. This community service award celebrates the life and work of SXSW Interactive co-founder, Dewey Winburne.”
Through his non-profit, Eustress Inc., Rwenshaun raises mental health awareness, particularly in the Black community, using educational content, trainings, workshops, and annual “Let’s Talk About It” walks, which are currently held in Charlotte, Bertie County and Chapel Hill. With Eustress, his partnerships with various organizations, and his daily efforts as a therapist, Rwenshaun sheds light on issues that affect mental health, and provides tools and techniques to manage them.
Rwenshaun was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2006, and uses his own life experiences to fuel his efforts to help others manage their mental wellness. In 2017, he released his first autobiographical book, Injured Reserve: A Black Man’s Playbook for when Mental Illness Sidelines You.
Rwenshaun received the SXSW Community Service Award just two months ahead of Eustress Inc.’s Fourth Annual “Let’s Talk About It” Walk in Charlotte. The walk, which regularly draws residents and local organizations such as Novant Health and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, will be Saturday, May 18, at 9 a.m. at Reedy Creek Park, located at 2900 Rocky River Rd. The Second Annual “Let’s Talk About It” Gala, will follow the walk that same evening at 8 p.m. at the Sugar Creek Brewing Company, located at 215 Southside Drive in Charlotte.
About Rwenshaun Miller, MA, LPCA
Mental health change agent, Rwenshaun Miller, is a therapist, speaker, social entrepreneur and author. As a licensed professional counselor, Rwenshaun services individuals spanning all ages, with a goal of helping each person understand and take accountability for their own mental wellness. More about Rwenshaun →
About the American Psychiatric Association (APA)
South By Southwest dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. An essential destination for global professionals, the event features sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, and a variety of networking opportunities. SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together.
About the SXSW Community Service Awards
The SXSW Community Service Awards (formerly Dewey Awards) honors community do-gooders who employ new media tools and strategies to make the world a better place. From 2000 to 2011, all honorees lived in the Central Texas area. Beginning in 2012, they opened the process to recognize national and international community activists.