Leah joined JED in June 2020. Prior to joining the JED team, she worked for 4 years in higher education serving students in counseling, career, and veteran services, and also taught courses in Human Services. Before gaining experience in higher education, Leah worked in the non-profit sector developing programs that unified the arts and library services. She is a licensed clinical mental health counselor and holds a B.A in English and a M.A in Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
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.