Leading mental health and brain research nonprofit One Mind today announced multi-platinum selling recording artist Hunter Hayes as a One Mind Champion, a new ambassador initiative from the organization.

Through a multi-faceted partnership, Hunter and One Mind will set out to foster a sense of community for those who have experienced mental health challenges, normalizing their journey and working to help them build healthy, productive lives.

One Mind created the Champion initiative to partner with prominent role models to share their own lived experiences with mental health, in order to help destigmatize and raise awareness around the importance of mental wellness to a larger audience. As a One Mind Champion, Hunter will amplify One Mind’s critical mission among his fans, while sharing his own journey with mental health to support and empower others to share their stories.

“As a dedicated advocate for mental health awareness, Hunter is the ideal partner to launch our One Mind Champion program,” said Brandon Staglin, President of One Mind. “Hunter’s openness to share his own experiences with mental health through his music and his everyday life is an inspiration. We hope his work as a Champion will create a sense of belonging for others on their own mental health journeys, empowering them with personal strength and confidence, while encouraging them to express their own hopes, challenges and successes as a community.”

Hunter has been involved with One Mind previously through guest hosting Brain Waves, One Mind’s weekly interview series featuring guests from the brain health community: researchers, advocates, and individuals with lived experience. These conversations focus on brain health, exploring the challenges, resources, and innovations from the experts who know them best.

“I’m a passionate supporter of One Mind and its mission, so it’s an honor to be an official One Mind Champion,” said Hunter. “It’s important to me to expand the dialog around mental health in order to reduce stigmas and bring light to the topic, while creating a safe space for others to share their own experiences, and One Mind offers a platform to do so.”

In addition to Hunter’s appearances on Brain Waves, he’ll be attending One Mind’s Music Festival for Brain Health on September 11, 2021, as well as promoting the organization through additional efforts throughout the year.

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