Paramount Media Networks and MTV Entertainment Studios Launch Hidden Healers, a Mental Health Series that Elevates the Voices and Communities of BIPOC

With a group of young creators and mental health advocates, Hidden Healers will develop culturally based content for MTVE platforms with a focus on action

First content initiative of the MTVE Youth Mental Health Action Forum with Selena GomezFirst Lady Dr. jill biden and US Surgeon General Dr. vivek murty


NEW YORK, October 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — This World Mental Health Day, Paramount Media Networks and MTV Entertainment Studios (MTVE) present Hidden Healers, a digital content series created in partnership with a group of four young leaders in mental health to drive health action mind that honor the heritage. of BIPOC communities and cultures.

MTV Entertainment Studios Launches Hidden Healers, a Mental Health Series that Elevates the Voices and Communities of BIPOC

The digital series was created in collaboration with the four young leaders who developed and presented the idea at MTVE’s first Mental Health Youth Action Forum hosted at the White House in May 2022 with First Lady Dr. jill bidenAmbassador susana riceUS Surgeon General Dr. vivek murty Y Selena Gomez. They include:

  • Mahmoud KhedrAn Egyptian immigrant, he is the founder and CEO of FloraMind, a mental health innovation lab creating radically accessible and equitable solutions to address the youth mental health crisis.

  • Kheira Bekkadja, an Algerian American Muslim whose involvement with Our Minds Matter has informed her passion for creating safe spaces that destigmatize mental health and promote wellness.

  • Guerrilla Maddox, a social impact visionary from the concrete jungle of New York who embodies the idea of ​​protopia, the idea that every day we get to work for the world we want to see. MADDOX is also the co-creator of the first direct cash transfer program targeting homeless youth.

  • Ayanna Kelly, an Afro-Latina veteran and mother who is passionate about diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and accessibility in business culture and human resources. She uses her expertise and personal experiences to amplify mental health through her podcast, Sazón y Corazón.

The first of these digital videos will be released in November as part of Indigenous Peoples Heritage Month. Other videos will be released throughout 2023, including during Black History Month (February), Women’s History Month (March), Arab American Heritage Month (April), Island Month Asian Pacific American (May), Caribbean American Heritage Month (June), and Latinx Heritage Month (September 15-October 15.)

“We spearheaded the Mental Health Youth Action Forum to empower young people and help them develop mental health content that resonates in their communities and galvanizes people into action,” he said. Brianna Cayo Cotter, Senior Vice President of Social Impact, Paramount Media Networks and MTV Entertainment Studios. “We are excited to bring to life this unique and timely initiative from Hidden Healers, which further advances our shared mission to normalize and expand the conversation about mental health.”

“Practicing mental wellness is not always easy for our young people, particularly those with intersectional and marginalized identities. This is due to many barriers to professional care such as therapy, medication and accurate diagnoses, which are affected by stigma. pervasive cultural beliefs that prevent people from taking action,” said Dr. Alfie Breland-Noble, founder of The AAKOMA Project and co-mentor to the creators of Hidden Healers. “The Hidden Healers is a group of diverse innovators raising awareness of achievable, affordable and inclusive methods of care, ultimately enabling everyone to see themselves as people who can thrive.”

As part of our commitment to convening brands and creating movements for meaningful change, many of the nonprofit and industry partners who joined the Mental Health Youth Action Forum are working with young leaders to develop mental health content. mind for its constituents and platforms. Some of these collaborations include:

  • Pinterest will work alongside six young leaders, Jorge Alvarez, thea touchton, david padiUele Boxill, Alexandria AngY Zoe Cainabout developing a new mental health campaign for their platform.

  • Spotify Anchor will work with Zane Landin, nancy its, Diana bye, Justine Bautista, bye fadaeiand Bhavya Rai to begin production of a mental health podcast called mind in progress.

  • selena gomez’s Rare Beauty Rare Impact Fund selected bye fadaei, Carla Ibarra, david padi, Zoe CainY Meera Varma to be among the first ambassadors of Rare Impact.

  • Dayna Altman launched a Pinterest TV series focused on mental health called Tales by the stove where she invites guests to bake in her kitchen as she interviews them about their mental health story.

  • Ayanna Kelly served as one of the Americas Global Advisors for Zoom Cares Social Impact Grants and started a podcast Season and Heart.

  • Bhavya Rai launched a podcast called off the pedestal to share untold and underrepresented mental health stories from the world’s changemakers. She has featured several other Forum participants on her show.

  • Carmelo Alshaibi spoke to Al Jazeera about her experience representing Arab Muslims at the Mental Health Youth Action Forum and the work that needs to be done to improve mental health within Arab and Muslim communities.


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