Kyle joined JED in July 2018 after serving for two years as a peer mentor for undergraduate students at Columbia University with Reformed University Fellowship (RUF). As RUF staff, Kyle spent time with Columbia students in crisis management, navigating grief, and supporting spiritual, mental, and emotional well-being. Kyle grew up in Chicago and graduated from Northwestern University with a B.S. in Education and Social Policy.
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.