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Diverse communities in the U.S. and around the world are underrepresented in psychology and mental health research.
When we create resources without considering the experiences of diverse populations, we place them under greater risk of facing mental health challenges without adequate resources.
The majority of what we know about human psychology and mental health is based on less than 4% of the world's population.
96% of global research comes from western, industrialized, educated, rich, democratic countries.
70% alone comes from the United States.
70% of participants in these studies are American undergraduate psychology majors. (1)
83.6% of active psychologists are white. (2)
1. (Henrich et al., 2010) 2. (Callahan et al., 2018)
We are using technology to share the small percentage of research focused on diverse populations with the people that need it around the world.
Members also have access to community submitted stories where they can learn about the mental health challenges others like them have faced and how they overcame them!
The first community we're going to serve is the first-generation college student population. As former first-gen students ourselves, we are very familiar with the challenges that are faced and believe it's an important community to serve first.
If you're a first-gen student, continue reading to learn more!
MENTAL HEALTH IN COLLEGE
LET’S TALK ABOUT IT
Mental health is not a bad thing just like physical health is not a bad thing. Mental Health refers to our cognitive, behavioral, and emotional wellbeing. Unfortunately, many of us were never taught how to care for our mental health growing up due to either stigma, lack of resources, or just being unaware.
Everything from stress before a presentation, jealousy in a relationship, or the anxiety of feeling out of place plays a part in our mental health. Luckily, with the proper coping skills, we can reduce its effects and improve our performance at school or work, we can improve our relationships with others, and our overall wellbeing! That’s why we’re here!
A SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR EVERY STUDENT
However, we know that seeing an on-campus counselor/psychologist isn’t always an option for students. Every student deserves support, but they shouldn’t be forced to use one type of resource to feel understood and receive help.
Thankfully there are students and alumni at every university who have been through similar experiences, understand each other’s experiences, and are willing to share their stories. By bringing them together on Mentor, we are creating a community of people focused on uplifting one another through empathy and guidance.
Your Ticket to a Simpler Life
GROWING FROM ADVERSITY
So how exactly do we support one another on Mentor? Through storytelling! Our goal is to provide every student with culturally relevant stories around mental health they can relate to and learn from rather than provide a one-size fits all resource. We hope that through these stories of adversity and growth, students feel hopeful and inspired, knowing that someone who has been in their shoes has faced similar challenges and overcame them.
INTRODUCING MENTAL HEALTH
In additional to feeling inspired, we also want to introduce you to healthy ways to manager your mental health. As former psychology students ourselves, we noticed a lot of our friends could benefit from the material we were learning. That is why we’ve also created educational modules to introduce students to mental health education.
Our goal is to teach students why they feel the way they feel, empower them with a new sense of control over their emotions, and inspire them to take proactive action to improve their mental health by giving them the behavioral exercises to do so.
WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU
Somewhere there is a student who is currently going through a challenge very similar to the one you have already overcome. Your story can help inspire and empower them through this difficult time. We'd love to hear your story and share it with the mentor community!