URMND is the multipurpose passion project created with the urban culture in mind. Our focus will always be to bring light to issues affecting our communities, promote those who are creating positive change and expand on the idea of creating a safe space to discuss mental health.
No matter who you are, where you come from or what you do, we all have incredible gifts that we can tap into and give to the world. It all starts with loving URMND and protecting it at all costs.
A portion of every sale on this site will be donated to a local nonprofit organization that focuses on mental illness and treatment.
Ryan Brown is a mental health advocate, journalist and non-profit director driven by an innate desire to help folks feel better. At 17, Ryan served as a direct care staff at the Central Virginia Training Center where he worked exclusively with mentally disabled children and adults. Once he saw the need to erase the stigma of mental illness, he never looked back. Ryan received his Bachelor of Science from Virginia Commonwealth University and his Master of Public Administration from Ashford University.
His desire to address mental health disparities in the community has always been the focal point of his work. Ryan currently works as a crisis specialist and nonprofit director in Northern Virginia and serves as an advisory board member for the Gartlan Behavioral Health Center in Alexandria, Virginia. Additionally, Ryan is a wellness contributor for VICE.com where he writes about health and trauma in different communities around the world.
He founded URMND, not only to flex his creative muscle, but to amplify the importance of holistic tools like yoga, talk therapy, and meditation. By donating a portion of each sale to mental health organizations in the DC area, URMND aims to create a culture where mental health is no longer seen as a luxury—but as a basic human right.
Read Ryan's VICE.com publications here.