Tanya Brown, Kasem Cares Thought Leader
Tanya Brown is youngest sister of the late Nicole Brown Simpson who was killed by her ex- husband O.J. Simpson in 1994. Immediately following Nicole’s death, her family founded The Nicole Brown Foundation whose mission was to educate communities on strategies for domestic violence prevention. Through her involvement in the Foundation, Tanya has been speaking and advocating to community groups, service organizations, schools, colleges, universities, law enforcement agencies, non profits and shelters providing assistance to victims of domestic violence. The foundation closed their doors, so members can focus more on community outreach and education. Now, years later, Tanya has built up her courage to speak about another topic, her own personal struggles after her sister’s murder. After enduring the loss of her beloved sister, and several close friends, she struggled with an eating disorder, depression, anxiety, and unresolved grief. After the murder, Tanya never took the time to process Nicole’s death and grieve properly. She buried her sadness and loss simply played the LIFE cards she was handed. In 2004, Tanya was to be married, but her fiancé cancelled their wedding just four days before the ceremony. That experience triggered an emotional tailspin resulting self-destructive behavior. On October 10, 2004, one day after lashing out at her family members, Tanya was admitted to a Behavioral Health Department in Laguna Beach, CA. There she was an inpatient for 10 days and outpatient for two months. Acknowledging her breakdown seeking treatment was the first step towards the healing she so badly needed. She knows from personal experience how depression affects everyone in a family. Tanya recalls her mother saying helplessly, “Do I have to watch another child die?” Tanya now shares educational insights and tools on domestic violence, depression and suicide prevention. She focuses on the causes, recognition and effective coping skills necessary to manage stress, depression and anxiety. Tanya encourages her audience to recognize and acknowledge the early signs of trouble in dealing with personal struggles, in order to avoid overload and/or a mental health breakdown. Tanya has written two books. Finding Peace Amid The Chaos: My Escape From Depression and Suicide is her personal memoire on how important it is for people to face their struggles as they appear in our lives to prevent what happened to her to happen to others. Additionally, she wrote, The Seven Characters of Abuse: Where Domestic Violence Starts and Where it Can End. Tanya is highly motivated to help communities understand the dynamics of domestic violence as well as to become aware of the stigma attached to depression. She speaks to high schools, college students, corporations, women’s groups and battered women shelters. Tanya completed her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology at Argosy University. She is also certified life coach who believes in SOLUTIONS! to encourage people to implement self- care strategies to find peace amid life’s chaos. She has appeared CNN; Larry King NOW! AC360; Katie Couric; Larry King Live, and a variety of local media outlets in North America.