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Skylar Chau

College: New York University
Major: Psychology/ Pre-medicine
Year: Sophomore

I’m an advocate for de-stigmatizing mental illness and mental health discussions in the Asian/ Asian American community. I’m passionate about working towards a future where mental health can be openly discussed and catered to each individual. Currently, I’m working on developing a new mental health curriculum for high school seniors and college freshmen that discusses mental health through a cultural perspective while aiding them in the transitional period between high school and college. I’m excited to be working with JED and learning new ways to better the mental health of my community!

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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.