The Mental What?
Meet the Founder
Miana Bryant was born and raised in Prince George's County, Maryland and is a graduate student of The Howard University School of Social Work. Her passion for mental health stemmed from her own personal battles with depression and anxiety throughout her adolescence. Though wounded, Miana turned her pain into ‘The Mental Elephant” in order to reach other people around the globe that battle the same problems.
Aside from online work, she is also the President of The Mental Elephant Organization with a 5 member executive board, and an estimated 250 herd members, she is the business operator for Not Your Average Hair and Mental Health Care and fulfills all document requests for The Elephant Career Development Center,. Miana furthers her work in mental health by being a full-time Registered Behavior Technician, implementing behavioral treatment plans through Applied Behavioral Analysis therapy. She has a strong foundation working with african american children on the Autism Spectrum, and diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. Balancing her credentials, and determination, Miana plans to grow The Mental Elephant into a multifaceted mental health facility, and provide direct services to those in need.
Why did you start The Mental Elephant?
The Mental Elephant started when I was a freshman in college going through a very tough breakup, and being away from home. I remember sitting in my dorm room at 5 in the morning turning on Criminal Minds and watching it until almost 11 pm that night. I never ate, I never talked to anyone, I completely shut down and could only give myself enough energy to click “continue watching”. The next day I forced myself to the Student Health Service Center on campus and was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder. After being put on medication, I began to feel better but still alone and very lost on my diagnosis. That is specifically when I decided to form a group of students that have also been diagnosed and would love some support and guidance just like me. The original idea was a simple group chat but after I had one idea and discussed it with my mentor at the time, Daniel Spellman, it developed into an entire organization that can spread awareness of disorders, and give students resources and access to treatment. I gathered a few of my friends and pitched them the idea, once they said it sounded amazing I hit the ground running and never looked back. Now two years later we are still going strong and fulfilling our purpose.
Meet The Vice President
Michea Bryant is an award-winning producer-director-writer from PG County, Maryland. A graduate of The University of Southern California with her MFA in Film & TV Production, her directorial work garnered her entry into Ryan Murphy's Half Mentee Foundation Director Program, where she shadowed the creative forces behind Scream Queens & American Horror Story. She also interned for DeVon Franklin Entertainment at FOX.
At USC, Michea produced a myriad of content including DANTE FALLS, a festival-winning supernatural thesis film currently screening across the country. A storyteller at heart, she’s very much a durable editor as well, having cut music videos, spec commercials, & a thesis. Prior to USC, Michea earned her BA in Communication Mass Media & Journalism from La Salle University, where she was a member of the women’s basketball team as well as a broadcast intern for the Washington Football Team and Comcast Sportsnet. She also covered the Philadelphia Eagles offseason beat for retired NFL linebacker Garry Cobb. Michea is a USC Black Alumni Association Scholar, a member of the Lambda Pi Eta National Communication Honor Society, and a Special Olympics volunteer. Currently, her short film, HEART EYES, a coming-of-age story starring a Black girl with Down syndrome, is airing on Magic Johnson’s Aspire TV network and is available for purchase via SproutFlix.