Robyn Hussa Farrell (Editor)
ROBYN HUSSA FARRELL, MFA, E-RYT (Author/Editor of #RealDeal — Founder & CEO, Mental Fitness and Resiliency Technologies) is an award-winning Off-Broadway producer and performer, educator and author. As a writer, she re-imagined and is Author/Editor of the award-winning body image blog site We Are The Real Deal (#RealDeal), she is Author of the books Healthy Selfitude and Meditation & Mindfulness For Eating Disorder Recovery and the Eating Disorders in Schools blog, published by Gurze. She is one of the authors contributing in Carolyn Costin’s book about yoga for eating disorder recovery, published by Routledge and is co-Adaptor of NORMAL THE MUSICAL (now titled PRETTY TO THE BONE), which she has been producing, directing and performing in for a decade in schools, universities and festivals worldwide in an effort to raise awareness of mental health issues affecting children from all backgrounds. NORMAL is the inspiration for forming the mentalfitness, inc. nonprofit which builds prevention programs in collaboration with researchers and educators.
For years Robyn has also been co-creating and producing documentary films with her husband Tim Farrell, through their production company (whitelephant). Some of the documentary films she has co-directed; include, Speaking Out About Ed and ED 101 – both on sale at Gurze publications, and both are the result of her interviewing national experts in the fields of neurobiology and prevention. Hussa Farrell is also responsible for creating and implementing the more than 25 award-winning mentalfitness programs that serve as content to more than 20 national nonprofits and that are created in collaboration with more than 50 national experts in medicine, nutrition, mental health and wellness. To assist in deploying this content, in 2014, Hussa and Farrell launched a mental health technology company, b: resilient — to power more evidence-based prevention content into communities. For her work creating the mentalfitness, inc. programs and initiatives, Robyn received the 2014 Peace Award from Converse College Westgate Family Therapy and the 2010 Champion in Women’s Health award from former Wisconsin First Lady, Ms. Sue Ann Thompson.
Robyn is also producer of The Walking Hospital documentary film project which focuses on a team of alternative healthcare providers who travel to remote regions of the world to deliver free service (www.TheWalkingHospital.com) as well as the 2012 adaptation of The Peer Gynt Project (I, Peer), featured in the 2012 Ibsen Festival in Oslo, Norway. Through their production company, she and her husband were recently awarded a grant to create a documentary about a Bloomberg Philanthropy project that brings internationally acclaimed light installation artists into communities to increase community connection, safety and overall wellbeing.
People often ask what is it that fuels her forward … “More than 7 of my closest friends and loved ones sought treatment for mental health issues as a direct result of these programs. That was the ‘aha’ and catalyst for me. So much more needs to be done to raise awareness of mental health, wellness and stress management in schools.”
Prior to her work with mentalfitness, inc., Hussa was co-Founder and Founding Executive Director of the award-winning New York theatre company, Transport Group, winner of the 2007 Drama Desk award for the company’s breadth of vision and challenging productions. To this day, the work of Transport Group is some of the best in New York City, under the leadership of Jack Cummings III. www.TransportGroup.org.
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