NICK BENAS, USMC, QMHA, is a Qualified Mental Health Associate and a former United States Marine Sergeant as well as Iraqi Combat Veteran. Nick is the former Director of Business Operations for Clatsop Behavioral Healthcare, a private non-profit mental health agency, located on the Columbia River in Astoria, Oregon.
He is also a Certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor by the National Council for Behavioral Health, teaching adults, and youth modules. He travels around the United States training individuals on how to recognize a developing mental illness and how to prevent someone from slipping into a crisis. Nick attended Southern Connecticut State University for his undergraduate degree in Sociology, and for his M.S. in Public Policy.
He has been featured by more than 50 major media outlets for his business success and entrepreneurship, including Entrepreneur Magazine, Men’s Health, ABC, FOX, ESPN, and CNBC. He is the co-author of Mental Health Emergencies, Tactical Mobility, and The Warrior’s Book of Virtues.