School: High Point University Major: Strategic Communications and Psychology Class level: Junior
I serve as the Vice President of Membership for the Peer Mentor Organization on my campus, leading freshman orientation. We are committed to creating a community, calming fears, and fostering new friendships. My personal mission is to make sure no one feels like they are ever alone. I am excited to collaborate with the student advisory council and learn more about how I can do my part in spreading awareness.
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.