Mental Health Awareness

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We're thrilled to continue our partnership with Inspiring Children Foundation for the#NotAloneChallenge, one of the largest mental health campaigns in history, and joined by America’s top corporations, nonprofits, hundreds of CEOs, celebrities, musicians, actors, athletes, and mental health experts in this nonprofit campaign to remind people they're not alone during the holidays and to provide free mental health toolsto the masses.

Our goal through the challenge is to raise awareness, provide free and easy to access resources, and raise funds to help provide free mental health resources to mental health deserts. No one should have to suffer in silence. The challenge will provide proven tools for mental health throughout the holiday season. 

Past Events

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Together We Fight to Prevent Suicide

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and we are inviting you to join us in the fight to prevent suicide. 

We're seeking your support to raise $10,000 to help 100 people through our "Therapy for All" program. 

We're inviting you to help us reach $10,000 through your donations and also by championing our cause through your peer-to-peer network.

We'll be sharing resources, tools, and answering your questions about suicide prevention and awareness all month long with special guests and experts on Instagram.

As a thank you for your support, we are awarding two Grand Prize winners. The top two individual raisers will be awarded an exclusive experience with Karena!

Become a donor or start your own fundraising campaign here.

The Big Silence Presents

One Man Show

The Big Silence presents One Man Show with James Nicholas Kinney, a night of music, comedy, and community in support of Mental Health.

Soho House Austin
Thursday, June 28
6:30 p.m.

Join The Big Silence for an electrifying evening with James Nicholas Kinney, the master of inspiration. Prepare to be moved, uplifted, and entertained as James takes the stage in his one-man show on Mental Health. You won't want to miss his unique blend of motivational speaking, side-splitting comedy, and soulful music, all wrapped in a powerful message of resilience and hope. 

Karena Dawn, founder of The Big Silence, will be your MC and Host.


Kendra Scott Gives Back Welcomes The Big Silence

Join Karena Dawn, with friends Iskra LawrenceAngela Gargano, and Amber Valdez in honor of mental health awareness month!

Karena and Angela will lead you through an energizing workout, and lead into a sound bath meditation with Amber Valdez. Followed by an inspirational talk from Iskra Lawrence. Come hang out and mingle, and bring your friends. Let's have fun!

20% of Kendra Scott sales given back to The Big Silence Foundation for mental health.

Join us to break the silence and make the world a more joyful, playful and loving place!

Your VIP Ticket Includes 10-11am Exclusive Experience of Karena and friends workout, VIP Goodies, and inspirational talk.

11-2 is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome to sip, shop, chat with Karena!



In celebration of National Mental Health Awareness Month during the month of May, we’re coming together with a message of support to empower our community.

The #CalmHeartQuietMind challenge in collaboration with friends, celebrities, athletes, creators, coaches, therapists, and partners who come together to share their personal mental health routines, self care tips, and to share about The Big Silence. Follow the challenge and join in! #CalmHeartQuietMind


Celebrating National Mental Health Awareness Month with a fun communal way of sharing ones mental health tips.

Build awareness for the overall movement normalizing conversations about mental health.

Raise much needed dollars to support The Big Silence Foundation programs, including: Therapy for All scholarships, youth programming focused on “Strength, Mindfulness, and Clarity” with pro-athletes and trainers.

Thursday, March 16

Workout, Social Hour, & Live Podcast with Your Trainers

The Kollective, Austin's most exclusive social performance club, Tone It Up, Gym Weed, and The Big Silence mental health foundation team up to celebrate the SXSW tradition in an event featuring elite athletes and fitness pros highlighting the link between physical fitness and mental health followed by social hour, and live podcast. This is a one and only opportunity for the public to have a sneak peek and access this private club. Ticket sales benefit The Big Silence Foundation youth programs for mental health. Reservations required.

Arrive 12 p.m. Free B12 energy shots provided by Alive & Well for the first 30 people. Enjoy pre-workout energy burst with Gym Weed.

Workout 12:30-1:30 p.m. Warm-up with Jeremy Hills, Circuits with Sandy Brockman and Melissa Alcantara, Cool Down and Meditation with Karena Dawn.

1:30 p.m. Social Hour with Slate Theory wine, Tone It Up protein snacks, and Big Country organic seltzer.

2-3:15 p.m. "Purpose, Passion, and Mental Health in the Fitness Business" live podcast with your trainers, followed by Q & A

3:15-4 p.m. Mingle and socialize

Karena Dawn

Founder of Tone It Up & The Big Silence

Jeremy Hills

Founder of Kollective, NFL Trainer

Melissa Alcantara

@FitGurlMel, Trainer to the stars

Sandy Brockman

Pro Trainer, Glute Gang

Bringing mental health resources to those in need


The Big Silence and Karena Dawn have partnered up with iHeart Radio, Jewel, Inspiring Children Foundation and 120 other thought leaders, entrepreneurs, celebrities, and professional athletes to accept the #NotAloneChallenge. This challenge is designed to remind people they are not alone during the holidays and that “mental health is for everybody.” 

Our goal through the challenge is to raise awareness, provide free and easy to access resources, and raise funds to help provide free mental health resources to mental health deserts. No one should have to suffer in silence. The challenge will provide proven tools for mental health throughout the holiday season. 

Jewel Never Broken Book Club with The Big Silence

Join the discussion

The Jewel Never Broken book club invites you to join the discussion for Karena's memoir, The Big Silence: A Daughter's Memoir of Mental Illness and Healing. Book Club is held through a virtual platform, meeting Wednesdays at 8 pm EST / 7 pm CST / 5 pm PST beginning October 12. Karena will join the final meeting on November 16 for a live Q & A!

Jewel Never Broken (JNB) powered by the Inspiring Children Foundation is the singer-songwriter and mental health advocate, Jewel's, free emotional fitness destination and online community. JNB houses Jewel's mental health curriculum which gives you the tools you need to create change in your life and connect with others as they do the same. In addition to Jewel's mental health curriculum and course, you will find live classes such as breathwork, meditation, art, journaling, book club and more. Jewel Never Broken is supported by the Saks Fifth Avenue Foundation and powered by the Inspiring Children Foundation.

the big silence event at slate theory

World Mental Health Day Fundraiser

The Big Silence + Slate Theory

Sunday, October 9

Join as we come together for World Mental Health Day 

The Big Silence, a leading foundation in the fight for awareness and resources in the Mental Health space, is teaming up with one of Fredericksburg's premier wineries and mental health advocates Slate Theory Winery to drive awareness and gain resources for such a special cause.  

Join The Big Silence mental health foundation and Slate Theory Winery for a boost of serotonin! You’re invited to a Sunday reset hosted by Karena Dawn of Tone It Up and Founder of The Big Silence. The day features community conversations, a Sound Bath and Meditation with Amber Valdez, and music from our favorite mental health champion James Nicholas Kinney, paired with a selection of Slate Theory wine tastings in The Cave, an exclusive underground cellar.   

RSVP with the button below and learn more about Slate Theory at

Presented by The Big Silence

One Man Show

The One Man Show with James Nicholas Kinney for LA is sold out! Stay tuned for upcoming dates in Austin and Los Angeles.

See mental health come to life on the stage in a one of kind multi-genre performance.

The Big Silence - Rally with us for mental health!

Empowering Personal Experiences, Inspiring Compassion, Healing Lives

Sunday, June 12

9 - 11 A.M.

Texas State Capitol Building

South Steps

1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

Join Karena Dawn and James Nicholas Kinney to break down stigmas surrounding mental health through open conversations, story-telling, and sharing personal experiences. Join the movement to inspire compassion and find healing together. 

We’ll be raising signs and collecting signatures to remind our leaders that it is their role to establish and support societal structures that encourage understanding and healing for all mental health matters. A community’s mental health is the wealth and future of the community.

The Big Silence Tour May 2022

May 2022

Karena Dawn and The Big Silence Tour

Mental Health Awareness Month

Karena Dawn and The Big Silence hit the road for National Mental Health Awareness month with weekly events featuring movement, meditation, music, mental health panels and conversations, and book signings.

Karena shares her journey from hopelessness to healing and reveals what it was like to grow up with a mother suffering from severe mental health issues.

The book tour and events support The Big Silence Foundation and overall mission. Join the email list to keep up to date on events! Be sure to order your copy of the book to bring with you for the the book signing! We cannot guarantee that books will be available on site.


Sunday, May 1

12-3 p.m.

Yoga flow and meditation with Karena, mental health panel with Krista Williams, DJ Malia Ward

TenTen Downtown on the Rooftop!

1027 Wilshire Blvd, Losa Angeles, CA 90017


Wednesday, May 4

5:30-8 p.m.

Healing and Wellness Talk and Walk

with TIU trainer Yami and Urban Paths

The Water Works Terrace in Buffalo Bayou Park

105 Sabine Street, Houston, TX 77007

Karena Dawn


Barnes and Noble

Saturday May 7, 10 a.m.

West Kendall

Kendall Village West

12405 N Kendall Drive

Miami, FL33186

Karena Dawn arms up

Roswell, GA

Deep Roots Wine Market and Tasting Room

Tuesday, May 10

6 p.m.

Karena Dawn in Indianapolis at Maven Space


Friday May 13, 5:30 p.m.

Book signing and meet and greet with Karena. In depth conversation on mental health with Karena and Indy Maven co-founder Leslie Bailey.

Maven Space

433 Capitol Avenue

Suite 100

Indianapolis, IN 46204

Karena TBS


Tuesday May 17 at 6 pm

Join Karena for a book reading and signing, meet and greet and meditation. Limited seating.


18 Newbury Street 

Boston, MA 02116

James Kinney and Karena Dawn

New York

Thursday May 19, 6:30 p.m.

Join Karena with special guests Terri Cole, Dale Moss, and James Nicholas Kinney for meditation, music, mental health panel, meet and greet, and book signing.

Energi Soho

182 Lafayette St.

New York, New York 10013

Austin, TX

Friday June 17, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Whole Foods Market

525 N Lamar St.

Austin, TX 78703