Bryan Adams

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“To say he was wonderful, is an understatement! His talk was tremendous…one of the best advocacy talks I ever heard.”

- Executive Director, Mental Health Association of Essex County



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bryan Bryan’s mental health story began in Tikrit, Iraq in 2008 when he was shot during an ambush while on patrol.  Bryan came back to the U.S. to pursue his college degree as a recipient of a Purple Heart, but nothing could prepare him for how rough the transition would be to campus life and his struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Today, Bryan shares his moving story of trauma, stigma, and alcohol abuse to active military, veterans, and civilians alike to reinforce the importance of seeking help. A tireless advocate for veterans rights, Bryan seeks to empower others, and when they cannot speak up for themselves, he hopes that by sharing his story he can speak up for them.

Bryan graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and an impressive résumé of work with Active Minds, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), and Student Veterans of America (SVA). Bryan is currently the Veteran and Military Services Coordinator for the Rutgers University System. In his free time, Bryan enjoys gardening and grows a variety of fruits and vegetables, which he enjoys cooking and canning. He finds the entire process brings him peace and fosters unity with nature.

Bryan's presentation highlights the following topics:

(Terms in bold denote primary topics.)
 

  • Advocacy
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

 

  • Anxiety
  • University Faculty/Staff Training
  • Substance Use and Abuse
  • Depression
  • Stigma Reduction
  • Trauma
  • Veterans
  • Active Duty Service Members
  • Men and Mental Health

 


Watch Bryan in a PSA made by the Ad Council and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

 

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  • Barry Schreier, Director of University of Connecticut Counseling and Mental Health Services says:

    barry_schreier_-_uconn"My strong message to counseling center directors is to either start a chapter or contact your current chapter and form a close alliance between Active Minds and the campus counseling center. This alignment allows for close collaboration not only on the variety of campus mental health issues, but on the framing and messaging of these issues."