Lauren is a senior in Mather studying Economics and Global Health and Health Policy. She is originally from Massapequa Park, NY.
Why did you join SMHL?
I joined SMHL after using mental health services at the BSC. My sophomore year, I was involved in a car accident in which a friend passed away. After the accident, I started using mental health services to help me process the event. It was really hard to get myself to go talk to someone because I felt the stigma of reaching out for help, even after a very public trauma. Once I finally started using the amazing services Harvard has to offer, I realized how much it helped and wanted to make sure other students knew of the resources. I wanted to tell students that it is ok to ask for help and make sure they knew all of the services available.
What has been your favorite SMHL event?
I think my favorite SMHL event was our house study break. We ran a cookie baking study break in the Mather JCR, where we invited students in the house to come bake cookies or just eat them. It was so wonderful to meet the house and see how many people really cared about mental health. A few days later, a student approached me and asked how to help a friend and it was one of the most rewarding experiences I have had as a SMHL. I just love that as a SMHL, students approach me to learn about resources and also to tell me stories about their own experiences using services, the good and the bad, which I can take back to the university. As SMHLs it is our job to advocate for mental health and advocate for the specific needs of students in supporting their mental health.
And a fun fact?
I guess my go to fun fact is that last semester I had a chance to cook for the judges of Top Chef for my SPU requirement.