Brett Epstein

JED Foundation

Brett Epstein is currently a senior at the College of Charleston due to graduate in May 2018. Brett has spent the majority of his college life devoted to helping those that struggle with mental health while he himself has made great strides with his struggle. An accomplished athlete, having competed at the highest levels in the hockey, both roller and ice, as a goaltender, his fight to remove the stigma around mental health, especially for male athletes has become paramount. Brett currently publishes a blog entitled BEHINDTHEMASKBLOG.COM in his efforts to keep the conversations going. He has been published on many sites, including NAMI.org, ProjectSemiColon.com, RevisionHockey.com, and was interviewed by the NY Times’ Frank Bruni for his piece entitled The Real Campus Scourge (9/2017). Brett is also a JED storyteller, having completed a training with The Moth. The JED Foundation is committed to protecting emotional health and preventing suicide in those transitioning into adulthood, a particularly difficult time in one’s life. Brett is committed to removing the stigma around mental health and is an advocate for all those suffering. It’s OK to not be OK are words he lives by and encourages those that need it to seek help.