Even if you’re not clinically depressed, we all have low moments of stress, anxiety, and sub-par mental performance.

So now more than ever, as more technology, speed, and convenience comes into our lives, treatment recommendations and techniques for improving our mental health are at a premium.

Each year, our Mental Health Award goes out to one person, or organization that has provided the best practical advice on feeling better, performing better, and leading better relationships.

So we’re proud to announce the winner of 2016 and the rest of the nominees for for 2017…

Even if you’re not clinically depressed, we all have low moments of stress, anxiety, and sub-par mental performance.

So now more than ever, as more technology, speed, and convenience comes into our lives, treatment recommendations and techniques for improving our mental health are at a premium.

Each year, our Mental Health Award goes out to one person, or organization that has provided the best practical advice on feeling better, performing better, and leading better relationships.

So we’re proud to announce the winner of 2016 and the rest of the nominees for for 2017…

Winner for 2016

Non-fiction American writer Andy Behrman is a mental health advocate and national speaker. He is the author of Electroboy: A Memoir of Mania which was published by Random House in 2002 and which details his personal experience with manic depression.

Nominees for 2017

Bryan Wempen

Self-awareness author Bryan Wempen emphasizes the important part of being present in everyday life as a means to participating fully in the world around you. The result can be not only self-awareness but also happiness and serentity on a personal level, while being a way to improve corporate hiring. He has also written about social media, workforce selection, and big data

Denise McDermott MD

Dr. Denise McDermott promotes an integrative approach to mental health that promotes a belief in wellness, not illness, which leads to a balanced healthy lifestyle. Using holistic modalities which include Eastern medicine, healers, nutritionists, and more, as well as other therapists, she creates a personal treatment plan for each patient. She reaches a broad audience through podcast, videos, and social media

Dr. Pooky Knightsmith

Herself a person who suffers from PTSD, anorexia, depression, and anxiety, Dr.Pooky Knightsmith directs a fully-funded mental health training program for schools in the UK. As an ambasador for mental health, she is a researcher, writer, speaker, and teacher dedicated to developing practical strategies for discouraging self-harm and eating disorders in schools.

Jean-François Claude

Diagnosed with Double Depression and General Anxiety Disorder at age 40, Jean Francois Claude is now an advocate for men’s mental health. He founded The Men’s D.epression E.ducation N.etwork, a blog and web portal, offered resources, information, and e-tools for men who suffer from depression. A noted speaker, he founded what is now an annual Men’s Mental Health Awareness Day. He works to address the stigmas of mental health in the workplace

Maria Shriver

Inspired by the diagnosis of her late father, Sargent Schriver, Journalist Maria Shriver is an advocate for Alzheimer disease, which particularly impacts women. Through the Women’s Alzheimer Movement, she promotes research for cures, fundraising for the cause, and the dissemination of information about to cope with the disease and care for those affected.

Michael Landsberg

Sports journalist Michael Landsberg, host of Canadian TSN’s Off the Record, has been vocal about his struggles with serious depression. An advocate for ending the stigma of mental health, Landsberg is a frequent speaker at community events, where he often discusses depression among men, including professional athletes. He fights for mental health awareness and promotes the believe that those who suffer from it are sick, not weak.

Dr. David Rettew

Author and University of Vermont child psychiatrist Dr. David Rettew has done significant work on child temperament and the role of personality factors in illness. He authors a popular blog in Psychology Today about children’s mental health.

PSTD Jedi

Teacher Sam De Silva was among the first responders before outside help arrived after the 2004 tsunami that hit Thailand. Through his blog PSTD Jedi he raises awareness about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder among those who suffer trauma, and who like the Jedis of Star Wars, seek to avoid the Dark Side

Dr. Bahar Hadjiesmaeiloo, MD Riverside Medical Center

As the premier adult medical practice in Northern New Jersey Riverside Medical Center offers behavior and mental health services to treat Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Psychosomatic Medicine, Psychotic Disorders, Women’s Mental Health/Peripartum, Psychotic Disorders,Chronically Mentally Ill, Personality Disorders, PTSD/Trauma and ADHD. Bahar Hadjiesmaeiloo, MD

Andre Pickard

Named the first Public Health Hero by the Canadian Public Health Association and a Champion of Mental Health by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental health, Andre Pickard is a health reporter and columnist at The Globe and Mail who has authored numerous books on public health policy.

Sharon Martin, LCSW

A licensed therapist, counselor, and mental health and wellness writer based in San Jose, CA, Sharon Martin promotes personal empowerment that leads to a happy relationship with yourself and others. Specializing in overcoming anxiety, perfectionism, codependency, and anger, she is a popular columnist and speaker.

Hilary Jacobs Hendel

Hilary Jacobs Hendel is a psychotherapist, author, blogger, and speaker noted for “The Change Triangle,” a map for finding one’s true self. By ignoring or hiding feelings, people can feel chronic anxiety and shame and have poor connections with others. Her method helps them rediscover themselves and live in harmony with their core feelings.

Rachel Thompson

An advocate for sexual abuse survivors, author Rachel Thompson S she cohosts a live Twitter chat with certified therapist/survivor Bobbi Parish, and offers tools to victims of sexual abuse for taking control of their own recovery..

Lolly Daskal

Executive coach Lolly Daskal help corporate executives harness the best aspects of their leadership styles as well as impediments to their own development. Among the most sought-after coaches in the work, her Lead From Within program mixes her experience with modern philosophy and science to find new ways to succeed.