The founder of “Silence the Shame”-movement, Shanti Das (USA), hosts a panel discusson: The Efforts of Racial Trauma and discrimination Globally.
Shanti Das is an accomplished entertainment industry veteran, speaker, author, and Philanthropist. Shanti worked in the entertainment business for over 25 years. Her
music industry career (from intern to Executive Vice President) included positions at Capitol Records, LaFace Records, Columbia Records, Sony Urban Music and Universal Motown where she worked directly with some of music’s top talent like OutKast, Usher, Prince, TLC, Toni Braxton, Erykah Badu, and more. As a result of Shanti’s extensive community work in the 2000 decade, she decided to establish her very own nonprofit, The Hip-Hop Professional Foundation, Inc. The foundation was rebranded under the name Silence the Shame, Inc., the mental health movement that lead the way since 2016.
Shanti has suffered from depression/anxiety over the years and has also experienced love ones affected with mental health disorders. Silence the Shame, Inc. has received global awareness and has become a commonly used hashtag to normalize the conversation in America. Shanti’s foundation curates community conversations, offers wellness trainings, creates content and broadens awareness &
education around mental health and wellness. (In 2019, Silence the Shame was awarded one of five awards by the American Psychiatric Association Foundation for advancing minority mental health).
In addition to running her nonprofit, Shanti formed a new brand called Yeah Wellness! She speaks live at companies/universities sharing her inspiring story and now facilitating virtual webinars around mental wellness with licensed mental health clinicians. Companies include: Warner Chappell Publishing, National Geographic, SB Projects, Translation, NBA, Sony ATV, EA Sports, Sony Music UK, Warner Media, Warner Music Group, Def Jam, Dillard University, Syracuse University, Alabama A&M and more.
Awards and Honors
• 2019 – Shanti was named a Top Changemaker in the World (#7 out
of 100) by a UK publication called The Big Issue!
• 2019 – The American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
(ACNP) has named Shanti Das as the recipient of the 2019 Media
Award for her program entitled, Silence the Shame, which openly
addresses the stigmas and misconceptions on mental health.
• 2020 – NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health) awarded Shanti
Das their 2020 Multicultural Award.
• 2020 Named an Essence magazine Essential Hero in Mental
• 2021 Culture Creators Health and Wellness Award
Dr. Donald E. Grant Jr is an equity, diversity and inclusion practitioner and mental health expert who serves as the Executive Director for his boutique training and consulting firm Mindful Training Solutions. Dr Grant has a long history of direct mental health service delivery and administrative oversight for foster care systems, child welfare programs, education systems and homeless mental wellness services. He is an international speaker and workshop facilitator, film and TV consultant and published author.
Dr. Anu Castaneda, Research manager, Finnish institute of health and welfare
– Special issues regarding cultural diversity, such as health and well-being among foreign born population and other ethnic minorities
– Political science and social psychology, particularly ethnic- and intercultural relations, discrimination and integration
– Psychology, mental health and psychotherapy
– Docent of Health- and Clinical Psychology
Jewell H Gooding MBA, MA, NCC is the Executive Director for Silence the Shame, Inc, mental health education and awareness non-profit. She is a National Certified Counselor with 20 years of experience in mental health services and supports. Mrs. Gooding holds a BS in Psychology from Tennessee State University, MA in Mental Health Counseling from Roosevelt University, and MBA from Georgia. She practiced as a clinician for seven years, working with children and their families with child welfare and juvenile justice involvement. Ms. Gooding has also worked with adults with substance use disorders and chronic homelessness. She found her passion working with teens and young adults as they transitioned into adulthood. She established and managed transitional living programs and served as the subject matter expert while working as the Program Development Manager for the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. Mrs. Gooding served as the Executive Director for Mental Health America of Georgia, one of the State’s leading mental health advocacy organizations. As a non-profit leader, Mrs. Gooding provides consultation and education on mental health policy, programs, and campaigns to support prevention, promotion, and health integration at a national, state, and local level. Mrs. Gooding serves as Board Vice-Chair for Black Girls Smile participates in several statewide coalitions to improve behavioral health access, services, and support. When she is not advocating in Georgia communities, she is invested in her husband of 18 years and her three boys to build leaders for the next generation.