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Clark Gregg Of Marvel Is Being Recognized For His Mental Health Advocacy

Clark Gregg, widely known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been named Pacific Clinics' Champion of Mental Health.

Clark Gregg, a Marvel actor, has been recognized for his mental health awareness. The actor best known in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson joyfully revealed on Twitter that he is the recipient of Pacific Clinics' 2022 Champion of Mental Health Award. Gregg will be honored during the Clinic's annual celebration event on October 15th, which will take place at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.


Gregg just replied, "And what a ride it's been, kids," in reaction to the announcement of his accolade. For years, the MCU actor has been vocal about his commitment to mental health. Gregg claimed in a 2018 interview with Men's Health that he experienced panic episodes when on vacation, which contrasted with his steadiness on set.

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Gregg was able to manage his problem without the need for drugs because of a book that educated him about cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). "It's reassuring to know that no matter where I am, I don't have to wonder if I have a medication available; I simply know I can perform these exercises, and it'll become manageable," Gregg said. Gregg's Agent Coulson was instrumental in bringing The Avengers together during Phase 1 of the MCU. The S.H.I.E.L.D. agent first debuted in Iron Man in 2008 and its sequel, Iron Man 2, in 2010 to monitor Tony Stark.


Coulson was sent to the New Mexico desert in 2011's Thor to investigate the God of Thunder's abandoned hammer before attempting to enlist him into the Avengers Initiative. But when the squad eventually got together in 2012's The Avengers, Coulson was killed by Loki. When Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premiered on ABC in 2013, Coulson was resurrected from the grave. Over the course of seven seasons, Marvel fans saw the long-time S.H.I.E.L.D. agent mature from a Nick Fury follower to a strong leader and father figure to his squad. While featured in the Marvel series, Gregg returned the role as a younger spy in 2019's Captain Marvel and most recently voiced the character on Disney+'s What If...?

While many continue to hope for a Coulson comeback in Phase 4, Gregg has put those thoughts to rest. "If there's ever a time when I or my alter ego can be of assistance and engage in any of that, I'd be pleased," Gregg added. "Right now, I'm just enjoying it as a fan."


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