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Ross Szabo is the Wellness Director at Geffen Academy at UCLA. He is a mental health speaker and the CEO of Human Power Project. Ross was the Director of Outreach for the National Mental Health Awareness Campaign from 2002-2010. In that time, Szabo helped create the first nationwide youth mental health speakers' bureau in the country, called the Heard, which was later acquired by Active Minds. He spoke to over one million young people and reached millions in media appearances. Szabo was awarded the 2010 Didi Hirsch Erasing the Stigma Leadership Award and had his work entered into the Congressional Record by Congressman Patrick Kennedy.
Ross is known for being one of the most sought-after mental health speakers in the country, co-authoring Behind Happy Faces: Taking Charge of Your Mental Health - A Guide for Young Adults. and creating a mental health curriculum also titled Behind Happy Faces. The curriculum is being used by over 200,000 students across the country. Behind Happy Faces, Mental Health Curriculum received the 2016 Excellence in Education Award from the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors. Szabo's work at Geffen Academy at UCLA is to create a comprehensive mental health curriculum that follows the milestones of adolescent development for grades 6-12.
I actually came across Ross because we both share a common passion and project around, "a kid's book", I wrote about a kid's book about optimism. Ross wrote his kid's book about anxiety. It caught my eye and I just knew I wanted to speak to Ross. The more I delved into who Ross is and what he does, I was like, I need this guy on the podcast. This podcast is great for anyone who wants to know more about what exactly mental health is, how to spot it, tools for dealing with anxiety, and how to start a conversation with a loved one around mental health. We also going to touch on Ross's story which is truly, moving and quite powerful. It's amazing to see how far he's come through his own personal journey and the lessons learned along the way. I'm really excited to share this podcast episode with you.
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