Silence The Shame
Silence The Shame is an initiative started by music industry veteran Shanti Das under her Hip-Hop Professional Foundation. Shanti has suffered from depression over the years and has also experienced love ones affected with mental health disorders. With Silence the Shame, she hopes to peel back the layers of shame and stigma as it relates to mental health. There are millions of people suffering and they are afraid to speak on it. There’s also a lot that needs to happen in the form of educating people about treatment, support and care.
Shanti hopes to spark a national conversation that will lead to increased awareness and funding to support those living with mental health conditions.
She has enlisted the help of some of her celebrity friends and colleagues to jump-start the conversation including Nick Cannon, Bell Biv DeVoe (BBD), Estelle, Andra Day, Will Packer, Stephanie Mills, Takeo Spikes, Chloe X Halle, Shanice, Flex Alexander, Terri J Vaughn, Nicci Gilbert Daniels and Ed Lover to name a few!
Shanti Das is an accomplished entertainment executive, consultant, entrepreneur, mentor, author, and Philanthropist.
Shanti is the Founder/CEO of Press Reset Entertainment, an Atlanta-based firm launched in 2009 that serves as an entertainment concierge service providing independent marketing & strategy for music acts, talent booking for private & corporate events, celebrity procurement, brand influencer marketing and special event assistance. This years marks Shanti’s 25-year anniversary in the entertainment business. Her music industry career (intern to Executive Vice President) includes 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.
An advocate for many social issues, she has started several successful initiatives and events including No Reservations Needed (an annual food drive/dinner for the Atlanta Mission homeless shelter in Atlanta), Samples That Serve (collection of toiletries for homeless mothers and children to benefit the annual United Way Shoebox Party), Backpack Blessings (collection of back to school supplies for local elementary schools with Walmart), Day of Pampering (Hair, Make-up pampering for moms at the Genesis Shelter), Toys of Joy (Holiday Toy drive benefitting local hospital) Turn The Page (book drive and reading program for local elementary and middle schools) and is now launching a new initiative called SilenceTheShame.
Silence The Shame is an initiative started by music industry veteran Shanti Das. Shanti has suffered from depression over the years and has also experienced love ones affected with mental health disorders. With Silence the Shame, she hopes to peel back the layers of shame and stigma as it relates to mental health. There are millions of people suffering and they are afraid to speak on it. It is also a lot that needs to happen in the form of educating people about treatment, support and care.
Shanti hopes to spark a national conversation that will lead to increased awareness and funding to support those living with mental health conditions. She is enlisting the help of some of her celebrity friends and colleagues to jump-start the conversation. One of the first supporters is Nick Cannon and many more to follow!
Check out our website below and PSA featuring Shanti & Nick Cannon.
Camryn Triplett is a young entrepreneur and philanthropist from Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated at the top of her class at Howard University in 2011. Camryn met Shanti Das, the founder of Silence The Shame a few years ago when it was still a vision. She immediately loved her vision and told Shanti that she would love to be involved when the time comes. Having suffered from depression and anxiety since her early teens, this cause is very near to her heart. A little less than a year passed, and Camryn reached out to Shanti because Camryn’s father had recently passed away. She was hoping for words of encouragement and advice on how to get through such a hard time, but she received much more as she could have imagined when she started volunteering her time to the Silence the Shame initiative.
Camryn Triplett @curlycams88
Tanya Waldon an Atlanta, Georgia native, an advocate, and founder of My life is a gift. A LIFE project that raises awareness, erase stigma and promotes change in how we treat the millions of Americans affected by mental-emotional health challenges. With a highlighted, focus on survivors of suicide attempts and slowing the pace of the suicide epidemic. Years before My Life is a gift was established, Tanya attended a local fashion college and soon after began her career as personal assistant to a prominent music producer and became a wardrobe stylist/costumer for film, videos, and tours. But, life stood still when her only child attempted suicide and miraculously survived life support. My Life is a gift was created out of lived experiences of stigma, the ongoing struggle with policy, failure in the search for specific resources and facing that the terms “Mental Illness” and “Suicide” carries enormous shame and misunderstanding. Tanya has committed her life to adding a small piece to the giant puzzle by being a voice for those that suffer in silence, researching how we implement solutions and influencing understanding that mental health diagnosis are not all inclusive that these are individual circumstances that affect families in every ethnicity, social class, age group, religion, and gender. She also volunteers and is making a difference with other mental-emotional wellness and suicide prevention organizations such as the Silence the Shame initiative.
Tanya Waldon @mylifeisagift_
Catava Burton is a public school educator, mental health advocate, and certified trauma practitioner. She has 18 years experience teaching and counseling children and adolescents with disabilities and emotional/behavioral disorders. Catava is a writer for The Mighty, past Psychology Adjunct Professor, and owns Catava Burton, LLC where she functions as a mental health motivational speaker. Also, through her LLC, Catava offers consultations, coaching, and professional development for businesses and companies on topics such as trauma, poverty, cultural competency, mental health, education, etc. She has been featured as a Human of Richmond and a distinguished scholar through Chi Sigma Iota International Honor Society. Catava enjoys volunteerism and participates in community service and related projects through her sorority.
Catava Burton @terrifictav
Tia Robinson is meditation and well-being coach that teaches people how to leverage the use of mindfulness to help manage everyday stress in both their personal and professional lives.
Tia’s journey with meditation began in 2008 when she began exhibiting symptoms of corporate burnout and ultimately panic attacks due to work-related stress. Looking for a holistic form of relief, she was introduced to meditation and has been an advocate and practitioner for over nine years.
In 2016, Tia launched Tia
Tia Robinson @themindfulcoach
As a curator of all things real estate, Rhonda Morgan is devoted to making the selling/ buying process as fun and seamless as possible. As a licensed Real Estate Broker for the last 16 years, Rhonda serves as a team leader that specializes in all aspects of Residential and Commercial Real Estate in the Atlanta Market. Her business is built on Dedication, Communication, Determination and Trust while embodying the ability to cater and adapt to all of her client’s Real Estate needs.
Rhonda prides herself on her passionate and heartfelt drive to serve her client’s best interest. She is dedicated, knowledgeable and committed to finding the perfect fit. Her devotion and unparalleled customer service has resulted in a continuously expanding network of loyal clients and referrals. A member of the Atlanta and Dekalb County Multi-
Million Dollar Club, Rhonda produces multi-million dollar revenues, year after year. Passionate to her craft, she constantly seeks to stay ahead of the game when it comes to market education and trends.
In addition to being a Member of the Atlanta Board of Realtors, The National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc. Mecca Chapter, National Black MBA Association, Silence The Shame Initiative and Board Member of the Rickey Smiley Foundation, Rhonda is an avid philanthropist, who has been raising money and supporting various charities for over 15 years. She works tirelessly to support the Everybody Wins organization, the YWCA, and “Forty Girls and Some Shoes” by hosting her annual “Networking For A Cause” event. Rhonda also has been an instrumental resource to The Black McDonald’s Operator’s Association (BMOA)
Wheels of Dreams Youth Foundation Celebrity Golf Fundraiser for 16 years, has worked to support NFL Super Bowl Champion Michael “Scooter” McGruder’s Platinum Charities and the Leon Goodrum Foundation Golf Fundraiser. You will often find her encouraging others to do their very best! Often a facilitator of self-help workshops, having hosted the
likes of best-selling authors Tony Gaskins, Enitan Bereola and Linda Dominique
Grosvenor, Rhonda makes it a priority to, “Lift as she climbs.” In her free time, she enjoys family time, International travel, reading and board games. Being a mentor has been one of Rhonda’s greatest rewards. As a travel enthusiast, she’s always on the go, creating new memories and developing her inner foodie, she believes, “If you work hard, you can play harder.” She’s had an eventful life which has prompted her to become a published author and speaker to help empower others. With
a strong faith in God, she simply enjoys life and all that it has to offer.
Rhonda Morgan @themorganhometeam
Jasmine Chapman is a professional marketing consultant & entrepreneur living in Atlanta. She has experience working in the music industry, TV production, and most recently in the IT/Computer Software industry where she currently works as a corporate marketing specialist. She is also a passionate mental health advocate.
Jasmine was diagnosed with anxiety at the age of 18. At the time, it was something that she accepted but didn’t truly understand all of its effects or how to treat it. After going through a few tough years and having no treatment, Jasmine’s anxiety reached its breaking point and started transitioning into depression. She found herself not eating, staying in bed all day, and isolating herself from friends. After she decided that was enough was enough she began seeking help from a psychiatrist for treatment.
After going through that ordeal, Jasmine knew that she couldn’t be the only one dealing with these issues and became more vocal about discussing mental health matters and sharing her story with her peers. After speaking with Shanti about Silence the Shame, Jasmine had no doubt that she wanted to get involved especially since mental health awareness was becoming a growing passion.
She hopes to spread Silence the Shame’s message and help grow the movement globally.
Free The Vision is a writer, author, podcaster, and influencer based in Atlanta Georgia. With a passion for inspiration, elevation, creativity & mental empowerment Free uses his talents to push brands and the culture forward. He joined Silence the Shame through a connection with one of its integral team members Jasmine Chapman. Free knows directly the detriments of living a stigmatized lifestyle, having had close family members who battle addiction as well as his own personal weaknesses with inadequacy. As an individual who believes in living a bold and free life Free The Vision works to encourage countless people to destroy the outer and self-imposed stigmas of their personal battles. Our life is a quilt of experiences woven together with progress, and there is no shame in the process. Once Free had the opportunity to meet with Shanti he knew Silence the Shame’s potential was limitless and he felt compelled to connect with the initiative to spread its awareness.