CHARLOTTE, NC (April 30, 2018)—On Saturday, May 5, 2018 at the American Psychiatric Association Foundation (APAF) Benefit in New York City, mental health change agent, author and social entrepreneur, Rwenshaun Miller, will receive an APAF Award for Advancing Minority Mental Health. Rwenshaun, who has been recognized on other national platforms for his work, will accept the award after more than five years of advocacy for ending the stigma around mental health.
According to an APAF representative, “This award was established to recognize mental health professionals and mental health programs that are undertaking special efforts to increase public awareness of and secure quality and comprehensive mental health care for underserved minorities.”
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 will receive the APAF Award for Advancing Minority Mental Health just two weeks ahead of Eustress Inc.’s Third 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 19, at 9 a.m. at Reedy Creek Park, located at 2900 Rocky River Rd. An inaugural “Let’s Talk About It” Gala, will follow the walk that same evening at 8 p.m. at the Harvey B. Gantt Center, located at 551 S. Tryon St. in Charlotte.
About the American Psychiatric Association (APA)
APA is an organization of psychiatrists working together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental illness, including substance use disorders. APA has more than 37,800 members involved in psychiatric practice, research, and academia representing the diversity of the patients for whom they care. As the leading psychiatric organization in the world, APA now encompasses members practicing in more than 100 countries.
About the American Psychiatric Association Foundation (APAF)
As the non profit programming arm of the American Psychiatric Association, the APAF complements the professional work of the APA by administering public outreach programs and support—all aimed at eliminating stigma, overcoming mental illness and advancing mental health.