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MINDFUL 

EXCHANGES

Hosting thoughtful & engaging

mental wellness seminars for youth

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Our Purpose

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We are Mindful Exchanges, the outreach branch of the primary student mental health club at Yale University. 

 

We would like to hold a free mental wellness virtual seminar on a Zoom link for your community center. Communicating and learning about mental health is extremely important, especially for youth. We are passionate about and experienced in mental health outreach, and would love to bring one of our fun & engaging seminars to your community.

 

We currently offer two seminars (see below), but can also hold a seminar on a topic of your request. Scheduling is very flexible on our side.

 
 

Current Seminars

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Each seminar is a one-time, 1 hour interactive experience

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We will display our content through a well-designed presentation, prompt discussion and self-reflection amongst students, and include games/crafts. No prior experience needed to participate in any of these seminars!

To request a session, fill out the contact form here or email us at mindfulexchanges@gmail.com with the following info:

1) your community center name, city/state, and age of members,

2) which seminar option (see below) you would like,

3) the date & time you want to schedule the 1 hr session 

Seminar Options

Mental Health and Wellness in the Age of COVID-19

We hope to provide tools for students to successfully think about and care for their own and collective mental health in the unique challenges and circumstances created by COVID-19. We aspire to see more students being proactive about caring for their own mental health, and also caring for the mental health of those in the communities they are a part of.

Mental Health 101
Request your own topic

This is our introductory course on mental health. We will discuss the basics of mental health, brainstorm how it manifests in students’ own lives and communities, and exchange ways on better taking care of one’s mental health.

If there is a topic related to mental health that your community center would benefit from, we’d love to know! We will create interactive content tailored to your specific topic requests.

About Us

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Katherine Du 
Founder & Director
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Katherine is a junior at Yale University studying biology and statistics. She is passionate about promoting mental health on campus and in the nearby community. Currently, she serves as a Senator for Yale College Council and as the Outreach & Communications Director for Yale Student Mental Health Association, working on mental health-related policy projects and organizing outreach efforts for students to serve in mental health centers, respectively.

Vivian Wang
Director
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Vivian is a sophomore at Yale University studying cognitive science. She currently serves on the leadership board for the HAVEN Free Clinic, a student-run clinic that aims to provide uninsured adults in New Haven with access to comprehensive health care free of charge. As a member of the Yale Student Mental Health Association, she is passionate about serving her community and developing educational programs to promote mental health awareness.  

Lead Community Organizers

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Ohshue Gatanaga (senior advisor)

Ohshue is a senior at Yale University studying sociology with a focus on health and society. He is passionate about the intersections between mental health, race, and society as it pertains to healthcare practices and policy. Currently, he serves as an administrative liaison for the Yale Student Mental Health Association and a student adviser on the Yale University President and Vice President's Wellness Committee, advocating for mental health-related policy changes.

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Radeesha Jayewickreme

Radeesha is a junior at Yale University studying Econ/Math and Molecular Biology. She is passionate about destigmatizing mental health care and providing people with tools they can use to better their mental health in the long term. She serves as an administrative liaison for the Yale Student Mental Health Association, participating in the Yale Mental Health Consortium as well as the Yale University President and Vice President's Wellness Committee to promote wellness and mental health policy changes across campus.

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Anise Overton

Anise is a junior English major at Yale University. In addition to being a part of the Yale Student Mental Health Association as an events director, she has volunteered at schools in the New Haven area. She loves working with children and is interested in creating and writing for children's media. She is excited to share her passion for mental health with younger audiences! 

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Laura Palacio Londoño

Laura is a junior at Yale University studying anthropology. She is passionate about destigmatizing mental health on campus and promoting wellness in its variety of forms. Currently, she serves as an Events Co-coordinator for Yale Student Mental Health Association, working on helping organize mental health-related panels and wellness events for the Yale community.

Professional Advisors

Aneesha Ahluwalia, Yale School of Medicine Class of 2021

Christina Wu, MPH from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Timothy Schmutte, PsyD, clinical psychologist and mental health services researcher at Yale University

Sana Aslam, former Yale Pathways Student Director​ 

 
 

Request a session

or ask us for more information!

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To request a session, fill out the contact form here or email us at mindfulexchanges@gmail.com with the following info:

1) your community center name, city/state, and age of members,

2) which seminar option you would like,

3) the date & time you want to schedule the 1 hr session

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