Gifted With Bipolar Disorder
Yashi Brown is the beautiful and talented daughter of Rebbi Jackson from the iconic Jackson family, which includes Michael and Janet Jackson. Brown, a poet and mental health advocate, discusses living with the diagnosis of Bipolar Type 1, and how it has fueled and enhanced her poetry.
Brown is an author, poet, speaker, and active leader in the mental health community. Poetry became a safe space, when she began experiencing severe emotional challenges in her late teens. Her recent book of poems, "Black Daisy in a White Limousine", expresses with imaginative detail her emotions, mental health challenges, dreams, and passions.
Recently, Brown has become an avid mental health advocate, successfully living with Bipolar Type 1 and has interviewed with prominent news outlets and print publications including "Today", CNN (Insession), CBS, ABC News and Ebony/Jet publications. Her focus is healing self-imposed stigma as a vehicle to eradicate social stigma.
In 2011, Brown became a national advocate for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the largest grassroots mental health advocacy organization in the country and holds a board position for Project Return Peer Support Network (PRPSN), the largest peer support group in Los Angeles County.
Brown was invited to the White House for President Obama's 2013 National Mental Health Conference discussion on stigma reduction strategies which featured her video on the administration’s website, mentalhealth.gov, alongside Kay Jamison, Demi Lovato, Cher, Glen Close, and Elyn Saks. She also spoke at Google Headquarters about mental health privacy needs and was a "Goodwill Ambassador" for the LA2015 Special Olympic Games in downtown Los Angeles, California.
Brown is especially passionate about conducting poetry workshops for psychiatric forensic patients through her foundation project, People of Poetry (POP), and is currently completing the music and audio re-release of her poetry book, "Black Daisy in a White Limousine".
Currently developing her own documentary which chronicles her personal journey and shares some compelling arguments, Brown demonstrates how a support system of family, friends, treatment, poetry, and her strong spirituality are the keys to her success.