Jack.org Mcmaster Chapter
The Jack.org McMaster chapter has been built to help open the conversation about mental health on McMaster campus. We are actively looking for guest bloggers to share their experiences with mental health/mental illness. If you’re interested in having your say please sign up below!
Throughout the next few weeks, Jack.org McMaster will be posting stories shared by students surrounding the topic of mental health. 1 in 5 Canadians have a mental illness, but 5 in 5 have mental health – let’s talk about that.
Emily Martin is a fourth-year student at McMaster University, pursuing an Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Psychology and Human Behaviour. She also has a diploma in Mental Health and Addictions from Canadore College. She is the co-president of the Jack.org McMaster Chapter, a Jack Talks speaker one of Jack.org’s Network Representatives this year. Emily uses her lived experience of mental illness and her education to help her advocate for mental health awareness. In her free time, you can find Emily caring for her plant collection or hiking the beautiful trails of Hamilton. She also enjoys baking, photography and re-watching The Office (again).
VP of Programming
My name is Brandon Malamis, and I am currently in 3rd year at McMaster, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, with a minor in Psychology. I have been involved with Jack.org for almost 4 years now. My interests always lay in psychology, and making sure that people are being properly supported, and Jack.org gave me the opportunity to exemplify my interests. In my senior year of high school, I co-founded a chapter at our school with a like-minded friend, which eventually flourished into a full-fledged club that made a significant impact in our community. My passion for Jack.org and its values were propagated during my years in university, where stress runs high and our peers need more support than ever before. Jack.org McMaster gives a place to relax for those seeking asylum from their troubles, and a helping hand to grab when people feel down. I hope to emphasize that everyone deserves support, no matter what you’re going through – and Jack.org is the perfect vessel to sail over these feelings of anxiety and worry.
VP of Marketing
I’m Zee and I’m the social media and marketing VP of the 2018-2019 Jack.Org McMaster Chapter. I’ve been a mental health advocate for most of my life after going through some personal struggles throughout my adolescence. I now study Humanities at McMaster University and live my days with my psychiatric service dog, Peach! I joined Jack.Org because I believe that the conversation about mental health should be open on campus, there is nothing to be ashamed of. Many people go around thinking they are alone in their struggles but in reality, they have so much support waiting at their fingertips. I’m also a volunteer for MACESS and you can find me in the MACESS group room every Monday and Wednesday between 230pm-330pm. I encourage you to check out our social media profiles for more information on the upcoming events for Jack.Org McMaster Chapter.
Julia Wickens is a fourth-year student at McMaster University, studying Mechanical Engineering with a minor in psychology. Julia has been involved with Jack.org for the last five years. She is passionate about spreading the message that mental health is something that is important for everyone, and we should all talk about it. When Julia is not talking about mental health, you can find her singing Disney songs at the top of her lungs or looking up videos of corgis on the internet.
Co-VP of Programming
My name is Niki and I’m going into my 3rd year at McMaster University majoring in psychology, neuroscience and behaviour and specializing in Mental Health. My passion stems from my hope to become a clinical psychologist. Although I love my studies, I know that there is so much more to mental health than studying it in a textbook. I joined Jack.Org because I wanted to discuss the stigma surrounding mental illness and talk to those from all different walks of life about mental health from more of an advocacy standpoint instead of solely an academic point of view. Jack. Org allows me to look at myself and those around me and see how mental health can be transformed from a taboo topic to one for open discussion.
VP of Administration
My name is Jenice and I am a second year nursing student. Prior entering to university, I had no knowledge of jack.org, however, I was very fortunate to have stumbled upon it during my first year. Throughout my life, I encountered many experiences where mental health was extremely neglected or stigmatized, whether it was about my own or others. Growing up, this caused various barriers in my daily life, many in which could have been completely avoided if there was more awareness in my community. I found it difficult to reach out or even begin conversations about the subject without worrying about the shame that had been attached with mental health. I am very fortunate to have found the right support systems that I needed to not only just survive in life, but live it fully. Everyone has mental health, yet it is so rarely acknowledged. I became a part of jack.org in order to be involved in a group that works together to raise awareness to mental health and end the stigma so every individual is able to not only recognize their own mental health but receive any support needed.
VP of External
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