YMHLC member highlight: Jose Caballero

The 2022-2023 Psychological Well being America Younger Psychological Well being Leaders Council (YMHLC) represents younger leaders from throughout the U.S. who’ve created packages and initiatives that fill gaps in conventional psychological well being companies of their communities. This yr’s cohort is working to deal with psychological well being throughout many areas together with training, housing, foster care, dependancy restoration, and state-level coverage.

Over the subsequent a number of weeks, get to know the ten superb people utilizing their lived expertise and youth perspective to make massive variations within the lives of these round them.

Identify: Jose Caballero
Pronouns: he/him
Location: Miami, Florida (born and raised in Nicaragua)
Management and different positions: Founding father of In Contact and founder and editor in chief of Get In Contact Weblog
Social media: @joseeezc

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Why did you wish to be a part of the YMHLC?

Becoming a member of the YMHLC was a possibility for me to not solely be part of a supportive group of younger people who’re devoted to psychological well being advocacy, but additionally to develop as an advocate myself whereas additionally gaining new views on psychological well being points and sharing my distinctive story, passions, and concepts.

Inform us about your work and pursuits.

My pursuits are centered round selling psychological well-being in colleges and advancing our understanding of psychological well being struggles via analysis. I based the primary psychological well being consciousness nonprofit at my faculty, volunteer on the American Basis for Suicide Prevention’s Neighborhood Walks, write for the Get In Contact Weblog, and have performed impartial analysis on the connection between physique satisfaction and psychological well being.

What’s the largest lesson you’ve got discovered from different YMHLC members?

The three key takeaways from my expertise with fellow members are innovation, resilience, and dedication. Via interacting with my friends, I’ve discovered the significance of incorporating lived experiences into intersectional psychological well being advocacy. This useful lesson has not solely formed my very own advocacy work however has additionally reinvigorated my motivation. I really feel honored to be a part of such a dynamic and galvanizing group.

What are your psychological well being advocacy objectives?

From working with policymakers to combine psychological well being training into faculty curricula to conducting analysis on the experiences of marginalized communities with reference to psychological well being, my purpose is to advertise a extra inclusive and equitable method to psychological well being assist and sources in our communities whereas bringing the wealthy tapestry of psychological well being experiences and stressors that exist in our society to academia.

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