May 08, 3:00 PM EDT

No One Told Me: Aaron and Bryan Chat OCD

This Mental Health Awareness Month, Made of Millions is focusing on raising awareness of the mental health treatment gap with their #NoOneToldMe campaign. As a part of these efforts, they're going Live with advocates from across the mental health landscape to learn more about their personal experiences finding help. Tune-in on May 8th, for a candid chat about the OCD treatment gap with cofounder, Aaron Harvey, and advocate Bryan Piatt.

About Aaron Harvey

Aaron Harvey is the cofounder and executive director at The Made of Millions Foundation, a global advocacy nonprofit on a mission to change how the world perceives mental health. 

He created the organization after spending over 20 years suffering in silence with debilitating intrusive thoughts. It was only after Googling his symptoms that he realized he was living with undiagnosed obsessive compulsive disorder, most specifically, Pure O. Through his experience with OCD, he has become a passionate advocate for democratizing access to mental health education and destigmatizing taboo symptoms. 

His background in marketing has made him an innovative leader in workplace mental health. He has collaborated with numerous organizations such as Yahoo and Mind Share Partners, and has spoken at leading industry events including Adcolor, The Wellbeing at Work Summit U.S., 4A’s Talent @ 2030, Dial Global, and Be Kind 21

His personal story has been featured in leading publications like Ad Age, Fast Company, Vice, Bloomberg, Cosmopolitan and Adweek, and in popular advocacy campaigns created by Made of Millions. Most notably, Dear Manager, No One Told Me and Shame Shouldn’t Be a Symptom

Outside of mental health, he is the cofounder and executive creative director of Ready Set Rocket, a data-driven agency on a mission to forge a better future. He works with leading brands such as the NBA, Michael Kors, JP Morgan, Puma, Univision, Carnegie Hall, and more. 

In his free time, he loves to surf and run around with his dog, Rue. You can find him on Instagram at @lifebeyondocd.

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