One is a Grammy-winning pop star. Another is an Ivy League-educated comedian and TV host, while a third is a Navajo transgender activist.
But despite their varied backgrounds, this trio of high achievers has something in common: each has surmounted mental health challenges and now has a powerful message to share with others.
Apl.de.ap of the Black Eyed Peas, entertainer Suzanne Whang and transgender advocate Michelle Enfield are the latest high-profile individuals to tell their stories of recovery and inspiration as part of the Emmy Award-winning video series Profiles of Hope. Earlier participants in the series, created by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health in 2010, include actors Mariette Hartley and Mariel Hemingway, musician Rick Springfield and boxer Mia St. John.
The profiles offer intimate, first-hand portraits of people confronting issues like substance abuse, cultural stigmatization and suicidal thoughts. The series is intended to serve as a resource for anyone dealing with depression, anxiety, drug and alcohol abuse, or other mental health problems.
The latest episodes in Profiles of Hope will be promoted in a series of spots during upcoming KTLA newscasts. Anyone looking for some pre-Rose Bowl uplift can also catch the videos airing in the Spirit Pavilion at the “Live on Green” celebration, which runs from Dec. 29-Dec. 31 at the Pasadena Convention Center.