A diagnosis of a mental illness is not the end of the world, it is the beginning of a new destination. Approximately 1 in 5 adults will experience a mental health crisis at some point in their life. Andrienne Kennedy, the founder of Beautiful Brain Collective knows all too well the stigma and shame that surrounds mental illness. After being diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder and bipolar disorder in 2013, Andrienne began her mission to raise awareness and shatter the stigma surrounding mental illness. The lack of education about mental illness and her empathy for people who live and thrive with mental illness were the motivating factors to start her company, Beautiful Brain Collective. She is certified in Recovery Education by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). She is also Certified in Mental Health First Aid.
Beautiful Brain Collective is a New Jersey based company whose mission is to shatter the mental health stigma by promoting positive well-being for high functioning professionals with mental health disorders. The company does this by providing products, services, and events to help those in needs. The Sanctuary Support Group, which is a peer support group hosted by Beautiful Brain Collective, will hold its first meeting in March 2018.
Ms. Kennedy, a New Jersey native, is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She worked in the fashion industry for over 10 years with some of the world’s most influential fashion stylists and fashion publications. She also worked as a model booker and developed talent in the New York City area. Since leaving the fashion industry behind, Ms. Kennedy works in the meeting and events industry.
When she is not blogging on mental health issues and contributing to various sites to bring awareness to the mental health stigma, Ms. Kennedy can be found visiting museum exhibits, thrifting, and reading.