The purpose of mental health initiative is to educate people on ways to relieve stress and also to inform people on the many diseases that can arise from the brain. Everyone can relate to the topic of stress. Stress is when you upset your balance in life. It could be from work, school or family. In small doses, stress is healthy and normal. It is only when stress is overloaded that a person could suffer from it. Too much stress can result in high blood pressure. High pressure is the leading cause of heart attacks. So something as simply as exercising can prevent multiple diseases. Also through this initiative, we hope to educate our peers and community on other mental diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and depression.
Nancy Khong: Mental Health CoChair
“My name is Nancy, and I love all things food: eating, staring at pictures of food, cooking, baking, reading about food, and eating some more. On a more serious note, my life goal as a child was to make an impact and serve my community which I thought was best done by pursuing a career in biomedical engineering. However, I craved being on the forefront and directly working with the people I am affecting which led me to switch to pharmacy. When I got into UHCOP, SNPhA stood out to me because they are all about taking care of the community in every way possible with your SNPhAM.
Throughout my life, I have lived in numerous neighborhoods with varying degrees of socioeconomic status. Two things I have learned is mental health problems do not discriminate and the mental health stigma is a REAL problem everywhere. As one of SNPhA’s mental health chairs, I want to educate the public and spread awareness, change the perception, and empower those affected by mental illnesses to begin bettering their lives by reaching out for help. Hopefully, my passion will inspire current and incoming SNPhA members to join me by pledging to be #stigmafree."
Jennifer Nguyen: Mental Health CoChair
"Hello, my name is Jennifer! I originally joined SNPhA because it was the first organization that stood out to me with the mission of serving the underserved. Helping people has always something I enjoy, and combining it with medicinal chemistry is what led me here to pharmacy. Through this organization I want to build myself as a person, learn to understand people from different walks of life, and give back as much as I can. Mental health is a subject I’m very passionate about because I’ve been very close to someone who has experienced depression and suicide. At the time, I had no idea what this person was going through. Thinking back on it now, there were so many signs that I wasn’t aware of. I almost lost this person and that reason by itself is what pushes me to let others know the severity of mental health and how it impacts our well-being. I plan on spreading awareness on this subject that has been taken very lightly by many others."