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Thomas Setnan

School: University of Nevada, Reno
Major: Business Management
Class level: Junior

This is my first experience volunteering in a position related to mental health but I am very passionate about representing and being a resource for my peers. My goal as a part of the JSA is to initiate the conversation about mental health to make sure that people know how important it is and end the stigma that comes with it. Everyone is going through something but most times you can’t even tell if someone is struggling. 

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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.