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Juan Acosta is a first generation Mexican immigrant who grew up in Woodland, California. He is a Mental Health +  LGBTQ+ Activist, Content Creator, and Public Speaker. He began his advocacy work locally at age 13.  At 21, Juan drafted a historic LGBTQ+ proclamation for his hometown of Woodland. He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from San Francisco State University. His work is focused on underserved communities specifically on the LGBTQ+ , Immigrant and Latinx communities. He has served on various national mental health committees, and his speaking engagements have included; United Nations Side Events and the first-ever Youth Mental Health Action Forum White House Event where he spoke alongside FLOTUS Dr. Jill Biden, Selena Gomez and U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy. Juan, met Vice President Kamala Harris and spoke to her about his work in mental health and advocated for a permanent solution for DACA. Juan was also invited back to the White House by President Biden as the President addressed improving access to Mental Health Care. Juan co-authored the New York Times Bestselling “Channel Kindness: Stories of Kindness and Community” with musical artist and actress Lady Gaga + other Born This Way Foundation Reporters. His work has been featured by DOSOMETHING, MTV, Yahoo, LGBTQ Nation, Out Magazine and more. In 2023, Acosta was recognized by STAT News in their 2023 STATUS list for his influential work in life sciences, and by the The Advocate Magazine in their 2023, 30 Under 30 List.

Awards + Honors include:
The Advocate Magazine 2023, 30 Under 30 List
Crisis Text Line Mental Health Changemaker

2023 STATUS List
NAMI Rising Star Award 
 Steinberg Institute Mental Health Champion 2021 

Published Author with Lady Gaga + BTWF reporters :

Juan Acosta drafted a historic LGBTQ+ proclamation for the city of Woodland, CA. That passed unanimously for the first time in the town's history. A similar attempt was made in 1998 and failed to pass through the City Council

Juan was selected as one of the fifteen members of the Youth Innovation Project Planning Committee for California's Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission.

Juan served as one of the six members nationally selected for Mental Health America’s Collegiate Mental Health Innovation Council!

Juan was selected as 1 out of the 30 youth participants to participate in MTV + The White House Youth Mental Health Action Forum

Juan has had numerous media appearances, speaking engagements and collaborations some include:

White House X MTV Mental Health Action Forum

Gen Z Wellness Summit

CSU Dominguez Hills

One Mind

Out Magazine

Lady Gaga + Born This Way Foundation + Cotton On Global Mental Health Campaign

Hulu + Out Magazine

AD Age

Love, Me Season 3 - Out Magazine + The Advocate


NBC News

White House X MTV Youth Mental Health Action Forum

Univision 24/7

LGBTQ Nation


SFSU Changemakers


My Mental Health Journey

Each Mind Hero

CBS13 Pride Special

Vital Strategies Spotlight

Salesforce x iHeart

San Francisco State University News

The Takeaway



CBS Interview


El Universo


MHA College Report

The Power Of Kindness with Lady Gaga

Free Your Me Campaign

Human Rights Campaign

Global Harvard X MHA

Blueshield X Commonwealth Club

Mental Illness Happy Hour



Couched In Color 

New York University

Minding Your Mind


Commonwealth Club

Channel Kindness Tour


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