Emily joins JED with six years of experience working directly with high school youth. Prior to JED, she was a Senior Program Manager at Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC, where she was responsible for managing several corporate mentoring programs, which included facilitating workshops for over 70 volunteer employee mentor – student mentees. The workshops focused on professionalism, social emotional skills, and leadership development. Emily is a Licensed Social Worker and received her BS from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and her MSW from Yeshiva University – Wurzweiler School of Social Worker in New York City.
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.