Roundtables #36 — National Family Day is this week! What ways have the people in your family supported and influenced your mental health journey? Reflect on what you have learned about mental health through your family’s help.

Jennifer Vu: Typically, families are there to support you — no matter what mishap you go through, no matter the struggles you experience, and no matter the circumstances that cause you to fall apart. I don’t just mean family by blood — I also want to include those who I am not related to, yet who I call my family. We are heavily influenced by the surroundings we grew up in and those around us, therefore our mental health is also influenced by these different areas of our lives as well. 

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Roundtables #35 — September is Suicide Prevention Month! Reflect on what you’ve learned about mental health and suicide prevention. Share how you will support others’ mental health, and your own, to continue advocating beyond this month.

Jennifer Vu: As September comes to a close, it’s important for all of us to know how suicide prevention can go a long way when it comes to our mental health and others’ as well. This tragedy affects many people of the world, and we must dive into ways we can support those who are affected to advocate for suicide prevention, even beyond September. 

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Roundtables #34 — It’s Hispanic Heritage Month! How are you committing to support Hispanic and Latinx mental health this month and beyond?

Jennifer Vu: Hispanic Heritage Month takes its time to celebrate the achievements of Hispanic communities and recognize the rich history of the many Latino cultures and who they are today. The dates from September 15th to October 15th encompass the many anniversaries of independence among Latin American countries, and we can utilize this time, and beyond, to be sure to support Hispanic and Latinx voices and mental health.

Hispanic Americans have played an important role in the United States — they have worked hard to achieve their goals and passions, and they do so in a way that embodies the highlights of American values, contributing to the diversity of the United States. This year’s theme is “Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope,” which I anticipate all of us take into account our origins and the aspiration we see going forward given where we come from. 

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Roundtables #33 — As we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks this weekend, how can we do our best to support those who were affected by these attacks?

Caleb Izaguirre: There are a variety of ways that we can support victims of terrorism. One way is by donating to reputable charities and websites such as the United Nations.

I’ve also seen and created cards for families of similar tragedies as part of an initiative in my school’s National Honor Society and the Police Explorers.

One can also join an organization promoting efforts to deter terrorism and assist with allocation of critical resources and drives to global territories hit hard by extremism.

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Roundtables #32 — Reflect on a movie, TV series, or book that has had a major impact on your mindset, self-growth, and mental health. What have you learned, and how will you use this to continue your mental health journey?

Caleb Izaguirre: While it is a peculiar universe, the Batman films, television, series, video games, and graphic novels have done much in inspiring me to continue being optimistic and creative.

I’ve mainly connected to these pieces of entertainment because I’ve been a fan of the character since my childhood. 

For as long as I’ve enjoyed superhero fiction, Batman has been a sort of guide for me.

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Roundtables #31 — As we celebrate Women’s Equality Day this week, how can we uplift the mental health and voices of women?

Caleb Izaguirre: The voice and will of women have been a testament of time for a millennium. Women have constantly been bombarded with misogynistic culture and have only felt some semblance of a “total” victory in their fight for women’s rights.

Some further neglect women’s mental health, even after abuse has been inflicted and dealt with.

As Women’s Equality Day is celebrated this week, we can do much in continuing to uplift the mental health and voices of women.

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Roundtables #30 — National Nonprofit Day is this week! Reflect on what you have learned about mental health from being a part of the Magnify Wellness Team.

Caleb Izaguirre: I recall applying to Magnify Wellness at the beginning of March as an Ambassador. I wanted to promote positive mental health and get ahead on college applications.

With previous experience in social media marketing, I applied to numerous positions in my continuing involvement in the organization and have learned so much about positive wellbeing and marketing, finance, and product management strategies.

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Roundtables #29 — In the midst of returning back to school and continuing work routines, how will you be taking care of your mental health?

Rachelle Veloso: This coming school year, I will be entering my second year of university. However, this will be my first time physically attending school and being on campus. For this past year I’ve been doing school online and it definitely has left me feeling mentally drained multiple times. It was very tough to adjust. When I reflect back on how I handled my first year I realized part of my stress came from being too stubborn. University was still very new to me, and yet I refused to seek help and ask questions and chose to try to figure everything out on my own. Other than that, I was stuck at home everyday, doing schoolwork for the entire day. I didn’t have a routine anymore. I realize now I was completely overworking myself during conditions that were already negatively affecting my mental health but were out of my control.

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Roundtables #28 — As the Olympics come to a close this weekend, reflect on what you have learned about athlete mental health & resilience.

Mikaela Brewer: As the Olympics come to a close, grit has a new definition for me. Simone Biles, Naomi Osaka, and Allyson Felix (my personal hero), stood for mental health and resilience with faith, composure, confidence, and poise on the Olympic stage, the foundation of which is grit. By literal definition, grit is the strength of your character. It isn’t mental toughness (and especially not the parasitic view of mental toughness infecting athletics). Grit is the strength of who you are, and the ability to know it’s worth — not as an athlete admired for viewing pleasure, but as a human being thriving with three, simultaneously filled pillars: the mind, body, and spirit comprise the true Olympic podium. Peak performance transpires when each of these pillars are in sync. Grit isn’t fighting through when they aren’t. It is acknowledging that some boundaries, blockades, challenges, and barricades are external to the strength of your character, which demonstrates the strength of your character in and of itself. 

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Roundtables #27 – If you could look at the timeline of your mental health journey from a bird’s eye view, what would it look like? How does this perspective help you?

Caleb Izaguirre: Like my fellow team members, there isn’t a defined bird’s eye view of my mental health journey. The journey also hasn’t been linear as it has been either a cause of effect for a variety of moments in my life.

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