Yale Student Mental Health Association (YSMHA)

Our Mission:

The Yale Student Mental Health Association (YSMHA) overarching goals are to promote mental health wellness and destigmatization of mental illness for students at Yale University and New Haven residents. Mental health and illness are important for Yale students because Yale’s academic, social, and extracurricular pressures can have both positive and negative impacts on students’ mental and emotional well-being. Moreover, YSMHA acknowledges that Yale students can have meaningful connections with New Haven residents and hopes to foster these connections as an active agent in shaping the mental health wellbeing of those in the Greater New Haven area.

Overall, YSMHA hopes to create a forum for discussion around mental wellness and illness and includes three areas of focus: mental health 1) awareness, 2) policy and advocacy, and 3) community service and outreach.

Our Activities:

Recurring Mental Health Speakers
Advocacy, or Activism
YSMHA hosts a variety of different speakers throughout the semester that help the student body better understand the mental health climate at Yale, in the Greater New Haven Community, and in other places across the United States. We will discuss how mental health intersects with various aspects of our life & how sociological factors affect current mental health practices and services.

Mind Over Matter: Exploring Mental Health
Advocacy, or Activism
Mind Over Matter: Exploring Mental Health at Yale is a celebratory fair-like event that includes peer-run interactive expo booths, free food, music, and prizes to engage students in discussion about their mental health and suicide prevention in an approachable manner. With this event, YSMHA hopes to create a positive atmosphere for open dialogue on mental health and mental illness, educate the Yale community on the vast array of mental health resources available to them on campus, and spread awareness of mental illness.

The Bandana Project - Yale Chapter
Advocacy, or Activism
The Bandana Project is a nationwide mental health awareness &
suicide prevention movement. YSMHA is home to the Bandana Project @ Yale.

Student Leaders:

Shruti Parthasarathy - Co-Coordinator/Co-President Peyton Meyer - Co-Coordinator/Co-President

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