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Celine Nguyen

School: Rice University
Major: Psychology and Social Policy Analysis
Class Level: Freshman

I’m very passionate about mental health advocacy, especially destigmatizing mental illness and removing barriers to treatment. Through my involvement with RAMHA, an organization that promotes mental health awareness at Rice University, l want to work towards destigmatizing mental illness on college campuses. I am also researching ways to improve the treatments of mental illnesses at Baylor College of Medicine and through the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, am working with BPSOS-Houston to create a mental health program for the Vietnamese refugee population. I’m excited to work with JED to address mental health disparities within educational institutions and make a change in the world.

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The World Health Organization defines “mental health” “as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.” In using this definition, S2i recognizes that some mental health challenges reflect brain diseases that, like physical diseases, require appropriate stigma-free and patient-centered care and include both mental health and substance use disorders. Other mental health challenges stem from social conditions and marginalization and require different forms of interventions.