My passion for mental health stems from many different experiences and my will to help people inspired me to advocate for these issues.
I am soon to receive my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Rochester Institute of Technology this May, and afterwards I plan to attend an RN program, followed by a Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner Program. My undergraduate tracks are in Biopsychology and Clinical Psychology.
I volunteer with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), mostly in the Rochester office, and volunteer as a presenter for one of their national programs called “Ending the Silence”, which is a program that is brought to middle school and high schools (now also faculty and parents) to educate youth about suicide, mental health, warning signs, etc. I also sit on the Board of Directors at NAMI Rochester. I participate in Legislative Advocacy days in Albany, meeting with legislators and NYS Senators to talk about current issues and changes to be made regarding mental health. I was also awarded the 2018 NAMI Young Leader Award this year, which was such an honor.
I also volunteer closely with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, participating in chapter meetings, discussions, event volunteering, and helping organize the annual Out of the Darkness Community Walks, while raising funds. I am also trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid.
Aside from my work with NAMI and other organizations,
I strive to learn more everyday and help spread mental health awareness. I hope we can all work towards a more open understanding of mental health and suicide prevention and bring forward change and hope. We all have a voice!