Meet the Officers

If you attend club meetings or any of HSPA’s events you’re bound to meet one (or all) of this awesome bunch during the 2017-2018 school year!

 

 

20863650_1433613116726843_3401203846934044025_o - Hannah Jeong

Name: Hannah Jeong

Position: President

Blurb: 
-Major: Nursing
-Hobbies: watching BBC documentaries, eating pastries, drinking chi/matcha tea latte
-Hometown: Bothell, WA
-Favorite animal: sloth

What would you say to someone interested in joining HSPA?
Come to our weekly general meeting! We welcome new folks and we ensure HSPA space is a safe, open one. I cherish HSPA and they are like my family. We support one another academically, emotionally, mentally. Hope you choose to get to know us and join this amazing community.

Why did you join HSPA? 
I was seeking a mental health advocacy group to join on campus. I struggled with mental health throughout middle and high school years; I still do, but I am better managing depression and learning to self-care. There were no mental health resources readily available, accessible in my schools. As a college freshman, I wanted to join a group where I am welcomed and safe to share my stories in hopes of breaking stigma around mental illness; then I found HSPA. I have been a part of HSPA since then.

What has been your favorite part of HSPA?
Husky Help & Hope (H3) Walk

If you could describe yourself in one word it would be… Ambitious

 

sghspa - Shannon G.Name: Shannon Gu 

Position: Vice President

Blurb:
I’m a junior majoring in physiology from Portland, OR. I like hanging out with friends, bubble tea, trying new foods, and hiking! I also like taking naps, but I don’t think that counts as a hobby.

What would you say to someone interested in joining HSPA?
Don’t hesitate to reach out to us, no matter what time of the year! HSPA is a great place to get involved in promoting mental health awareness.

Why did you join HSPA?
My high school didn’t have opportunities for students to advocate for mental health awareness, so one of the first things I wanted to do in college was join a mental health organization. I wanted to use my experiences with mental health to provide better support to the people around me.

What has been your favorite part of HSPA?
I’ve loved the connections I’ve been able to make through HSPA–not just with other mental health organizations in UW and around Seattle, but also with non-mental health RSOs and various academic departments at UW. Everyone can get behind a message of improving mental health in the greater community, and their support has really helped us.

If you could describe yourself in one word it would be… Sassy…

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Name: Leah Chen

Position: Policy Outreach Director

Blurb:
I’m currently a Junior majoring in biology and psychology. My favorite activity is lying in bed and reading or watching Netflix :). I also enjoy eating out with friends and trying new food. My favorite de-stressor during finals week is walking on the Ave to get boba tea from Sharetea!

What would you say to someone interested in joining HSPA?
Definitely join! It’s a great way to make new friends, get support, and build connections.

Why did you join HSPA?
I think mental health awareness is super important, especially in a college campus. Students are juggling studying, social lives, and many other personal issues at the same time, and it can be very stressful. It’s important to be aware of how this stress can impact your health.

What has been your favorite part of HSPA?
My favorite part is how kind and understanding everybody is. If you’re looking for somebody to talk to, you very well may find them at HSPA!

If you could describe yourself in one word it would be… Compassionate

 

C8cUbJEV0AAYB5D - Amber ConleyName: Amber Conley

Position: Education Outreach Director

Blurb:
Hello I’m Amber, and I’m HSPA’s 2017-2018 Education Outreach Director. I’m a senior in the psychology program, and probably minoring in GWSS. I grew up just south of Seattle in Kent, and I absolutely adore the Northwest. I love reading, thrifting, hiking, and indoor plants. Also, my favorite animal is a frog!

What would you say to someone interested in joining HSPA?
To anyone interested in joining HSPA, I would tell them it’s a really great club for finding your community. HSPA really feels like a family, and it’s a space were everyone is welcome, whether you want to drop in and help out for just one day, or get really involved all quarter. This club is also great for anyone with a passion for mental health or for anyone wanting to learn more about it! The volunteering opportunities are so rewarding, and it feels great to see the difference you are making.

Why did you join HSPA?
When I first came to UW I was in a FIG, and one of our assignment was to go to an RSO meeting that seemed interesting to us, and report back on our experience. I ended up picking HSPA and even after the assignment I kept coming back to hang out with the other HSPA members and help out with volunteering. I had to join because I fell in love with their community and goals!

What has been your favorite part of HSPA?
My favorite part of HSPA is Stress Less Week, because it’s so rewarding to see the faces of everyone when you hand out care packages. Even though its finals and it’s a pretty stressful time, everyone always looks so happy and thankful. I really feel like this makes a difference for some people, even if it’s just brightening someones night a bit.

If you could describe yourself in one word it would be… Inspired

 

22279290_10208541762736232_2144800669_o - Courtney ChoName: Courtney Cho

Position: Event Coordinator

Blurb:
Hello!! I’m Courtney and I’m a rising junior from Issaquah, Washington hoping to double major in nursing and public health. I am a huge lover of dogs, hiking, and going to concerts!

What would you say to someone interested in joining HSPA?
I would say that I believe that HSPA’s mission to de-stigmatize mental health and raise awareness about suicide and mental health issues is vital, especially on a college campus.Through HSPA, we can work to reach out to our fellow peers to open up the talk about mental health while promoting a positive and safe environment!

Why did you join HSPA?
To be completely honest, I joined HSPA because my friend asked me to come to the meeting with her. But as I got to know more about the organization, I loved the message promote by the club and what it stands for. I believe that too often the topic of mental health is avoided and considered taboo when it is something that impacts us everyday, and HSPA is my way of trying to raise awareness.

What has been your favorite part of HSPA?
My favorite part about HSPA so far was the H3 Walk. I loved how the club was able to put on such a successful walk that spread the message in the community about mental health, mindfulness, and suicide prevention.

If you could describe yourself in one word it would be… Bubbly

 

10570340_868510913188694_4025820704769014560_n - Forrest KwongNameForrest Kwong

Position: Volunteer Coordinator

Blurb:
I’m an MCD Biology major, currently in a research lab studying the Chlamydial genome. I’m originally from Portland, Oregon, and like playing basketball, working out, watching football, and playing Settlers of Catan.

What would you say to someone interested in joining HSPA?
HSPA is a club with fantastic goals and achieving them with fun and interesting people. We all work together and are open to others’ ideas. HSPA is also a safe space, and for me a positive influence on the rest of my life outside of the club.

Why did you join HSPA?
During my Freshman year at UW, the transition to college was difficult but I was lucky to have a great support network. Towards the end of the year I was reflecting on how fortunate I had been and how others without such a network, or even with, may have felt a lot more isolated than I did. So I looked for clubs focused on mental health and advocacy, on facing the stigma, and found HSPA. I went to the 2016 walk and was sold on the club.

What has been your favorite part of HSPA?
I love the motivated attitude of the other officers. We are all excited for this upcoming year with HSPA, and it’s a great influence to be around others who want to make an impact on campus and beyond.

If you could describe yourself in one word it would be… Curious

 

IMG_5133 - Agnes LeeNameAgnes Lee

Position: Publications & Design Chair

Blurb:
I was born in Seattle but I live in Hong Kong for most of my life. I major in Interdisciplinary Visual Art and Art History. I play tennis and I’m a big fan of Rafa Nadal. In my spare time I love to bake and eat good food.

What would you say to someone interested in joining HSPA?
Don’t be shy! Come to our weekly Fall meeting happening every Monday from 5 to 6.

Why did you join HSPA?
I believe mental health is really important and we need to speak up and raise awareness of it.

What has been your favorite part of HSPA?
Meeting new officers and hopefully new members soon 🙂

If you could describe yourself in one word it would be… Classy

 

20882769_1527591727264160_8939465682412173969_n - Justina Lang Name: Justina Lang

Position: Membership Coordinator

Blurb:
I plan on majoring in nursing! I am from West Seattle, near Alki Beach. I enjoy going on hikes and trying new foods! My favorite animal is a penguin, however, I am also very fond of otters and dogs.

What would you say to someone interested in joining HSPA? 
Do it! You learn so much about mental health and mental health issues in our community and around the world. You are being an advocate for one of the biggest health issues in our world!

Why did you join HSPA? 
To help raise awareness on mental health on our campus, in our community, and in our world.

What has been your favorite part of HSPA? 
Being part of a small community on campus that is focused on bringing awareness to mental health.

If you could describe yourself in one word it would be… Genuine

 

18403234_1522192054510511_7175042977060618444_n (1) - andy pace Name: Andy Pace

Position: Program Director

Blurb: Hey everyone! My name is Andy. I am a junior studying psychology. I am from Tacoma, WA. My hobbies include playing guitar, hiking, going to concerts and eating.

What would you say to someone interested in joining HSPA? 
HSPA is a great opportunity to meet other people who are passionate about mental health. It is also a fantastic way to give back to the UW community. You really get to see how much the cause affects fellow students as well witness how our projects make an impact in their lives.

Why did you join HSPA? 
I wanted to join an organization that shared the values of mental health and advocacy. HSPA proved to be the most fulfilling activity of my college career thus far. It is empowering being together with others who recognize how important it is to spread mental health awareness.

What has been your favorite part of HSPA?
By far the H3 Walk. Though it required months of hard work and preparation, seeing hundreds of people come together made it all worth it. It was amazing seeing how much the walk meant for others in the community.

If you could describe yourself in one word it would be… easygoin’

 

2017-10-03-11-33-09 - Jessica Park Name: Jessica Park

Position: Secretary

Blurb: 
-Major: International Studies & Political Science
-Hometown: Silverdale WA.
-Favorite animal: I love dogs, especially corgis.

What would you say to someone interested in joining HSPA?
The fact that students undergo tremendous amounts of stress, especially during midterm/finals weeks, is very serious. By engaging with HSPA you can help spread awareness and importance of mental health and make a bit more enjoyable environment for students during exam weeks by joining activities hosted by HSPA.

Why did you join HSPA?
I am writing my Honors thesis about suicide in Korea. From researching, I learned that continuous stress has high chance of leading the person to have suicidal ideation. I wanted to spread the awareness of such critical issue.

If you could describe yourself in one word it would be… Persistent

 

IMG_1975Name:  Brianna Ramirez

PositionSocial Media & “Speak Up Project” Manager

Blurb
Hi there! I’m a junior hoping to double major in Law, Societies, and Justice (LSJ) and Disability Studies. I enjoy sketching, binge watching Netflix, traveling, and snowboarding–when I actually have time to leave campus and go to the mountains. If you see me on campus feel free to say hi 🙂

What would you say to someone interested in joining HSPA?
You should totally join. It doesn’t matter what time of the year, come to a meeting and get to know us and what we’re doing at the time! We love seeing new and familiar faces, and the group is super friendly and supportive of everyone.

Why did you join HSPA?
At the beginning of my freshman fall quarter here at UW, I lost my stepdad to suicide. I went that entire year and most of my sophomore year trying to navigate my grief while also feeling like I couldn’t really talk about my loss because of the stigma that exists around mental health issues. I joined HSPA last spring quarter as a way to try to help break the stigma and to potentially help other people in my community.

What has been your favorite part of HSPA? My favorite part of HSPA has definitely been the people. I went to my first meeting and immediately felt welcomed and supported by everyone there. Although, I also really love the events we put on around campus, such as Stress Less Week and the H3 Walk.

If you could describe yourself in one word it would be… Friendly

 

 

 

 

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