Brandarius Johnson: Mental Health Advocate, Mentor, and Consultant
Brandarius Johnson is an award winning mental health advocate, mentor, and
consultant who dedicates his life to fostering hope, raising awareness about mental
health and suicide prevention, and providing resilence strategies to youth, parents,
and educational institutions.
A Sociology and Human Service graduate from Fort Lewis College, Brandarius is led by his “Everyday is Day 1” mantra and personal philosophy, intended to spark the relentless pursuit of one’s advancement. Since 2014, Brandarius has actively mentored in alternative schools and youth correctional facilities while partnering with organizations such as K-12 schools, colleges, corporations, churches, and municipalities to combat the rising mental health crisis. By facilitating brave discussions about mental health struggles, he aims to break stigmas, encourages those in need to seek help, and equips organizations to foster their own programs. Through his non-profit, Heart 2 Give, Brandarius’s “Be the Hope" program teaches students, ages 13-18, resilient methods to cope with adversity, despair, and self-doubt. To emphasize his message, Brandarius uses his Wearable Awareness Strategy to spread hopeful messages such as "The World Wouldn't Spin the Same Without You!" and “The Mental Hustle Continues”-messages printed on customized shirts and solidarity banners.
In a demonstration of resilience, Brandarius drew the attention of 40,000 viewers as Fox 5 in Las Vegas spotlighted his 100-mile run to raise awareness for those battling mental illness in September 2020. In 2021, Brandarius released his compelling autobiography "Mental Hope" where he shares personal experiences with losing a close friend and suicide while emphasizing the importance of finding hope and evolving during difficult times in order to value living in the present.
In recognition of his exceptional work in mental health awareness and community mentorship, Brandarius received several accolades. He was awarded a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition in February 2021 by the Office of Congresswoman Susie Lee for his efforts in organizing mental health awareness events through his Heart 2 Give project, including Walk and Talk gatherings in southern Nevada.
In addition to this, he received The Brother of the Year award from The Gathering for Black Men Planning Committee in October 2020, and was recognized with the Rise Up and Get Ready Mentorship award by Desert High School in 2017.
Brandarius was also commended in 2016 for his work with Clark County School Districts’ Professionals and Youth Building a Commitment. His contributions have been acknowledged by numerous organizations, including Congressman Steven Horseford's office, North Las Vegas Councilwoman Pamela Brown's office, and TULIPS. Featured on Fox 5 News Las Vegas and Channel 13 News Las Vegas, Brandarius continues to inspire hope and healing through his dedicated efforts in promoting mental health awareness.