Top 100 in Wellness: Mental & Emotional Health Category

These 10 leaders highlight the importance of mental & emotional health

Mental and Emotional Health

Mental and emotional health are finally getting the long overdue attention they deserve. They are vital ingredients to everyone's all around health and happiness, and these 10 leaders are helping to promote their importance and break down any lingering stigma.

Ally Love

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Ally Love is a television host, model, creative director, producer, writer, and fitness/dance guru with a mission to facilitate empowering conversations. The Love Squad is an inclusive community that celebrates diversity, promotes career-building, and advances wellness education for women. Through panel events, workshops, and other events, Love gives women tools to help them navigate life with passion. 

David Goggins

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David Goggins is the man you want in your corner when you are going through hard times. His book, Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds, details his early life as an abused, overweight, and scared child and how he tapped into his capabilities to become a U.S. Armed Forces icon and one of the world’s top endurance athletes. Named the “The Fittest (Real) Man in America” by Outside magazine, Goggins inspires his followers through public speaking and social media to overcome challenges and persevere.

"David Goggins is the toughest man alive, physically and mentally, and inspires many through his journey. He is the only member of the US Armed Forces to complete SEAL traning, US Army Ranger School, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller training." - Michael Lau, Verywell Judge

Tara Stiles

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Tara Stiles founded Strala to give people a grounding mind-body practice to help them move through life’s challenges. Her unique blend of yoga, tai chi, and traditional Chinese medicine is designed to help participants get into a flow state where they can enhance creativity, build a connection to intuition, and engage a relaxation response. The evidence-based practice helps followers increase overall health, healing, and well-being.

Naomi Hirabayashi

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When Naomi Hirabayashi co-founded Shine, her goal was to provide an evidence-based self-care program that could help users prioritize themselves and boost wellness. The app has become a top-ranked, award-winning tool that sends daily texts to boost confidence and promote self-care. Hirabayashi and co-founder Marah Lidey not only inspire millions with their app, but they also motivate other young women in tech to follow their dreams.

"Naomi put mental health and ongoing self-care and support on so many people's radar via her text service, now app, Shine." - Willow Jarush, Verywell Judge

Mark Groves

Mark Groves
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As a human connection specialist, Mark Groves helps his audience translate emotions and establish healthy relationships so that they can reach their goals. Through his podcast, public speaking engagements, and coaching programs, he helps them let go of unhealthy professional, lifestyle, or relationship choices, establish clear boundaries, and step into wholeness. Groves’ Masters of the Universe weekend summit is attended by his many followers who are ready for a change in their lives. 

Sharon Salzberg

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Teacher, speaker, and author Sharon Salzberg has made it her life’s work to bring the practice of meditation to those who might never consider it. She is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society and the author of 10 books, including Real Love, a tool kit of mindfulness exercises and meditation techniques. She is known for her down-to-earth teaching style and her ability to bring a modern approach to Buddhist teachings—making them accessible and practical for use in everyday Western life. 

Doug Middleton

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Doug Middleton is an NFL player and mental health advocate who founded Dream the Impossible, Inc. after losing his best friend to suicide. The nonprofit organization was formed to help increase awareness, reduce stigma, and promote access to much needed mental health resources. Middleton hopes to reverse the rates of death by suicide, especially in the black community, through public speaking and by working hand-in-hand with legislators to create change.

"Doug uses his platform to spread awareness on mental health issues. He frequently gives talks on the importance of seeking treatment for mental illness and he is invested in preventing suicide." - Amy Morin, Verywell Judge

Megan Flamer

Megan Flamer
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Megan Flamer brings mindfulness to the most unlikely of places. She spent years consulting on organizational development and mindfulness for some of the world’s largest tech companies. But while Megan created such programs and mindful spaces for big corporations and conference groups, she noticed that the communities most needing help tended to get the least of it. With that, she’s been sharing her curriculum with at-risk communities in prison systems, emergency services, and homeless support groups.

Colleen Reichmann, PsyD

Colleen Reichmann
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Dr. Colleen Reichmann is a licensed clinical psychologist and founder of Wildflower Therapy, a resource for those battling eating disorders or body image issues. Through her body positive work, Reichmann encourages her readers to “grow in all the places you never thought you would.” She helps to destigmatize mental health issues and reminds clients that no one can determine your state of health by looking at you. 

Charlie Engle

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Ultra-marathoner and recovering addict Charlie Engle has set an ambitious goal to be the first athlete to trek from the lowest point to the highest summit on every continent. He runs to not only celebrate his long-term recovery but also to raise awareness about the challenges of addiction in its many forms. His memoir, Running Man, details his ongoing story and inspires others to find their own healing path.

Our Methodology

We polled the Verywell community to understand what categories in the ever-growing world of wellness actually interest them the most. After the final top 10 categories were identified, we then turned to our expert judges—comprised of leading voices in the fields of nutrition, fitness, mindfulness, and more—to nominate 10 trailblazers within each of the 10 categories who deserve to be recognized for their pioneering efforts in promoting healthy lifestyle messages. Our highly-skilled editorial team reviewed all submissions, filling in any gaps along the way. We landed on a list of 100 leaders who we believe not only epitomize what wellness is today but who are also paving the way as the definition continues to evolve.

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