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Chantel Garrett
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Chantel Garrett is Founding Director of Partners for StrongMinds, focused on accelerating early detection, treatment and understanding of psychosis, so that more young people get the right kind of help when it matters most.

She brings fifteen years as a marketer in the for-profit sector, where she held leadership roles in multinational financial institutions. Inspired by her brother’s experience living with schizophrenia, Chantel is translating her business background into advocacy efforts for radical change in the quality, delivery, and social embrace of mental healthcare.

Chantel extends her passion for prevention and wellness by teaching yoga and mindfulness in under-served communities, and serving on the board of children’s mental health nonprofit The Flawless Foundation.

She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, two daughters, a cat with 22 lives, and five chickens, and can be found on Twitter @Chantel.

Entries by Chantel Garrett

Why We Can't Afford To Ignore 'Stage 1' Psychosis

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 10:20 AM


Last fall, I had the pleasure of seeing Jewel perform as part of a spectacular day of fundraising for brain research at the Music Festival for Brain Health in Napa, California. I was instantly transported back to my 17-year-old...

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Gateway to Curing Mental Illness

(5) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 5:16 PM


Schools are uniquely poised to lead a revolution in prevention-based mental health care, with 50 percent of chronic mental illness beginning by age 14, and 75 percent by age 24.

With this in mind, I arrived at a symposium hosted by...

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Beyond Beds and Meds: Accepting Nothing Less Than Transformational Change

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 5:42 PM

One year ago, the unthinkable tragedy in Newtown inspired me to offer three steps to fix our mental health system as seen through the lens of my own family's struggle with serious mental illness. Since that time, a movement toward solutions has gained ground on three critical fronts:...

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Revolution in Brain Science Offers Optimism Following Latest Mass Shooting

(11) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 2:38 PM

The increasingly familiar cycle of events following this month's Navy Yard shooting are nearly as depressing as the tragedy itself. Amid a media-fueled spectacle, we learn about and mourn the victims; a new wave of calls for gun control erupts; and, in turn, gun advocates shout reform down.

For the...

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Of 'Monsters' and Brothers: Three Steps to Fix Our Mental Health System and Prevent Violence

(181) Comments | Posted January 8, 2013 | 6:44 PM

When I asked my brother Max, now 33 years old and worn wiser from 12 years of living with severe paranoid schizophrenia, his thoughts about the Newtown shooting, he said, "The world would be a better place without mental illness, but that's not the world we live in."

In any...

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