Committee Description

The Martin Administration will make the mental health of all students priority and devote a siginifcant amount of resources and efforts to address the mental health needs of those from marginalized communities. Continuing the work of the Putnam Administration is one of the Mental Health Committee’s primary objectives. Things like creating a peer-based mental health support network, expanding the efforts of the newly formed Mental Health Coalition and making existing resources more accessible will be some of the Committee’s main deliverables in the upcoming year. Seeing as mental health is different for everyone, the Administration will operate under an intersectional lens to address issues of mental health on campus.

Committee Goals for the 2019-2020 Academic Year

  • Include mental health resources on Sakai and ensure that students are made aware of where to find support and help when needed
  • Expand the Mental Health Coalition to other mental health organizations on campus
  • Ensure that students are made aware they have a voice on campus through the Mental Health Coalition
  • Host mental health events in conjunction with organizations from the Coalition
  • Provide Mental Health First Aid trainings free-of-charge to select groups on campus
  • Advocate for increased funding for Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Create a peer-based support program
  • Take steps to become a JED campus

Meet Jordan.

Jordan Garrick, jleolag@live.unc.edu

Jordan Garrick serves as one of the Mental Health Committee Co-Chairs for the Undergraduate Executive Branch.

She is a senior transfer student pursuing a degree in Media and Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations and a minor History. Outside of the Student Government, she is involved in various groups across campus. Jordan is the secretary of  UNC’s premier tap dance company, the Carolina Tap Ensemble. In addition, she works as a volunteer dance teacher at Carrboro Elementary School through the Carolina Dance Project. Jordan is an active member of Heels and Hearts, a group that works to support Type 1 Diabetics on campus while educating the local community on Diabetes and healthy living. She also served on Student Government in the 2018-2019 academic year as a member of the Mental Health Task Force prior to becoming the Mental Health Committee Co-Chair this year.

Meet Nikhil.

Nikhil Rao, raon21@live.unc.edu

Nikhil Rao serves as one of the Mental Health Committee Co-Chairs for the Undergraduate Executive Branch.

He is pursuing a double-major in Psychology and Health Policy and Management, with a minor in Public Policy. In addition, he serves as a training facilitator for Rethink: Psychiatric Illness, a Campus Y committee which works to dispel stigma surrounding mental illness on college campuses. He is also part of a co-ed a cappella group on campus, the UNC Walk-Ons. He served on student government in the 2018-2019 academic year as a member of the Mental Health Task Force prior to becoming the Mental Health Committee Co-Chair this year.

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