Saturday, June 11, 2022 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
2421 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005

Brazos Bookstore will be hosting Dr. Gregory Scott Brown in person on Saturday, June 11 at 6:30 pm. 

Face Masks are required to attend the event.

Seating for this event will be limited and first-come-first-serve.

Self-care is a powerful, evidence-based medicine for the mind.

Mental health is the driving force behind every decision we make—how we live, work, and love. Many of us suffer from depression and anxiety, impeding our choices and quality of life, and the numbers are growing across the globe despite the proliferation of prescription drugs. But there is another, proven, way to achieve mental wellness beyond antidepressants and talk therapy. Practicing psychiatrist Gregory Scott Brown believes that mental health begins with actionable self-care.

The Self-Healing Mind is a holistic approach to emotional and psychological healing that focuses on how evidence-based self-care strategies can be used to improve and sustain mental health. Dr. Brown challenges the current state of mental health care and the messaging around it, showing us how to move past outdated notions of “broken” brains and chemical imbalances. While he agrees that prescription drugs and talk therapy in many cases are important for healing, his personal and professional experience has taught him that lifestyle interventions are also key to sustainable mental wellness.

Dr. Brown’s clinical philosophy supports an integrative approach that utilizes a combination of conventional treatments (medication and psychotherapy) with what he calls the Five Pillars of Self-Care: breathing mindfully, sleep, spirituality, nutrition, and movement. These purposeful lifestyle practices, backed by science and proven in his clinical practice, can be adopted by everyone. Dr. Brown’s advice and insight puts the power of healing back in your control.

Gregory Scott Brown, MD, is an integrative psychiatrist, mental health writer, and author of The Self-Healing Mind: An Essential Five-Step Practice to Overcoming Anxiety, and Depression and Revitalizing Your Life (Harper Wave, June 2022). But despite being a doctor who works with patients and commonly gives advice, it is his personal story that introduced him to understanding the importance of mental health.

In 2019, he wrote for Men’s Health magazine, “I’m a psychiatrist, husband, man of color, and proud wellness advocate. Every day, I see patients and tell them: Talk, speak up. But a decade ago, suffering from depression. I didn’t say a word.”

Greg was born in Houston, Texas to a Jamaican father and to an African American mother, who worked for the airlines for over forty years prior to her retirement. Growing up, he was often on airplanes for quick overseas trips – a weekend in Tokyo, Rome, or Amsterdam. He later spent extended time traveling in South Africa, Southeast Asia, and China. Traveling offered him an opportunity to learn about people’s differences, actively listen to mitigate language and cultural barriers, and develop a deeper understanding that we are more alike than we are different.

After graduating high school, he moved to New York to attend The Juilliard School, where he studied oboe performance for two and a half years. The demanding pressures of performance, being away from home, and transitioning into adulthood (including a difficult breakup with his longtime girlfriend) lead to burnout which eventually developed into depression that he would struggle with off and on for the next several years.

Eventually, he moved back to Houston to attend Rice University where he studied anthropology and John Hopkins University, where he completed a post-baccalaureate premedical program. During this transition, he often felt out of place, and struggled to find purpose for his life. 

Despite ultimately acknowledging his depression, he had trouble connecting with psychiatrists and therapists in a meaningful way and largely stayed silent about what he was going through. Although he likely would’ve benefitted from professional mental healthcare, he did not give it a fair chance.

Thankfully, he discovered self-care early on, and he attributes a significant part of his recovery to learning how to utilize self-care in a way that was effective. It would be years later until he came to understand that self-care is evidence-based medicine – a realization that ultimately led to the writing of his first book, The Self-Healing Mind.

Today, Greg’s work in the mental health space extends beyond seeing patients in his clinic, or providing expert commentary for mental health topics in the news. For the past several years, Greg has hosted conversations about mental health either on social media or for his Men’s Health column about topics including: student-athlete mental, coping with the stress of a chaotic news cycle, and cultural barriers to accessing mental healthcare.

Greg has interviewed remarkable men and women about mental health topics including Marquette Men’s Basketball Coach Shaka Smart, journalist Lisa Ling, news anchor Don Lemon, professor Matt Johnson from the Hopkins Center for Psychedelic Medicine, and actor and songwriter Common. He’s also interviewed grassroots wellness champions including Chris Isom and Alec Brownridge who started a yoga workshop for men with a focus on the social and emotional needs of men of color.

Greg’s mission is to change the way we talk and think about mental health and that starts with having candid conversations about how mental health affects the way we work, live, and love.


The Self-Healing Mind: An Essential Five-Step Practice for Overcoming Anxiety and Depression, and Revitalizing Your Life By Gregory Scott Brown, M.D. Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063094475
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Published: Harper Wave - June 7th, 2022