Gabe Howard

Health Activist

Gabe Howard is a professional speaker, award-winning writer, and mental health advocate who battles bipolar 1 and anxiety disorders everyday. Diagnosed in 2003, he has made it his mission to put a human face on what it means to live with mental illness. He's the creator of the official bipolar awareness T-Shirt. Gabe was the recipient of the 2014 Mental Health America Norman Guitry Award, placed in HealthCentral’s LiveBold competition, a Psych Central 2014 Mental Health hero, and was a WEGO Health Awards Finalist last year. He currently writes for,, and Bipolar Magazine. He makes his home in Columbus, Ohio with his extremely patient wife, Kendall.


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Gabe is a brave (not fearless) advocate for those who are living with mental illness. I share that he's not fearless because he struggles with severe anxiety that makes his work as a public speaker that much more challenging but he will not quit. He is passionate, funny, heartfelt and honest both in real life and online.  — Dawn

Gabe is a sought after speaker and presenter, but he makes time for others with mental illness to talk and to help them see ways they can not only cope but thrive. I have bipolar disorder and was out of work for a long time. Gabe took time to advise me on Skype and to go through interview questions with me. He does this for many, delivering light.  — Amy

Gabe Howard is a fierce mental health advocate. He is fearless and unafraid to speak about stigmatized issues within the mental health community. He is compassionate and will always make time to speak to you. He is a leader, he is a role model for young adults and he will undoubtedly change the world for young people living with mental illness.  — Sarah

Being an activist is difficult, but being a MENTAL health activist is nearly impossible. The stigma surrounding mental illness means that you are dismissed as "crazy, a drama-queen, not in your right mind," etc. Your very cause is a reason to ignore you. But despite the challenges, Gabe gets through to people and changes their minds.  — Stacey

100% committed, very down to earth and with great communication skills, funny and kind

Gabe Howard has made an impact on the lives of people who are living with mental illness. He has fought through mental illness himself and has come out stronger than before. Gabe uses his excellent speaking skills to advocate to crowds of people about mental health issues.  — Rebecca

Since Gabe Howard was diagnosed, with Bipolar he has done nothing, but work hard to help others. Information that he shares through blogs, facebook, twitter and speeches. I doubt, there is one waking moment that is dedicated to himself. It's all about helping people with mental health like myself and others.No one deserves this more than Gabe.  — Elizabeth

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