Gilbert Andwati is a youth mental illness/health advocate bases in New Jersey, United States of America. He has a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice and still in pursuit of a Masters degree in political science and diplomacy. Gilbert has been working in the mental health field for more than 8 years. Through his advocacy work, he managed to have more than 28 resolutions passed in multiple counties in three deferent state of America. He has built a network of collaboration between some governmental entities in Washington DC in support of his work. He has worked closely with USAID and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, in coming up with solutions and funding to cater for youth mental illness and your homelessness. He served as a board member at the New Jersey Mental Health Board for 2 years where he brought massive change in benefit to the youth. He currently serves as a board member at the New Jersey National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
In 2014 Gilbert addressed the United Nations General assembly in New York, on the importance of recognizing mental health as a global pandemic. Through his speech at the UN more opportunities opened up for his advocacy work getting traction in Washington DC. In 2016 he got a chance to address the United States Senate in hopes to lobby law makers into passing laws that will provide more money to cater for youth mental health. Gilbert believes that, “The future will fall into ruins if the youth are not given room to breathe.”