Who We Are

Sara Wetzler

Sara Wetzler is the co-founder and editor of Young Minds for Mental Health. She is a junior at Harvard university studying History and Science with a focus in Mind, Brain, and Behavior and a minor in Global Health and Health Policy. Sara is passionate about raising awareness about mental health and works hard to reduce the stigma. She has done research with the Global Mental Health Program at Columbia University as well as at the Pan American Health Organization. She is involved in global health clubs at school that focus on education, advocacy, and promoting awareness. In the future, Sara will attend the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai and continue to get involved in mental health advocacy.

Julia Pike-Forster

Julia is the co-founder and editor of Young Minds for Mental Health. She is a junior at Johns Hopkins University studying Psychology and Social Policy. Julia has always been interested in Mental Health and Illness advocacy, and hopes that this coalition will encourage people to learn and understand how important understanding mental health and mental illness truly is. Julia has participated in research at the Poverty and Inequality Research Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University, studying families, poverty, and public policy in Baltimore City. She has also interned with the consulting department at RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network). Julia is also an active member of the Johns Hopkins Law Review. In the future, Julia hopes to become a lawyer in order to combine her interests in mental health with the fields of law and policy.

Christie Jones

Christie Jones is a second-year pre-medical student at Emory University, majoring in Biology and Economics. She has volunteered with human trafficking nonprofit organizations since 2015, and this spurred her continued interest in mental healthcare and de-stigmatization of mental illness. Christie hopes to attend medical school after earning her undergraduate degree and continue contributing to the growing awareness and treatment of mental health in the medical community.

Lindey Kneib

Lindey Kneib is currently a junior at Harvard University studying English with a secondary in Global Health/Health Policy. She is a Softball varsity athlete at the university as well as the co-director of the special olympics team there. As an athlete she has consistently heard the phrase “suck it up,” and she is now passionate about erasing that phrase throughout the realms of Global Health. In the future, Lindey plans on attending graduate school for global health in hopes of making an impact to reduce problems such as social suffering on the global scale.

Karolina Sadowska

Karolina is currently a junior at Columbia University, studying Neuroscience and Behavior. She is a research assistant in the Department of Molecular Therapeutics at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and this year she will be serving as a student ambassador for the Global Mental Health Program at Columbia University. Determined to destigmatize mental health and create support communities for young people struggling with mental illness, she is involved in Reflect, Active Minds and the Columbia University Mental Health Task Force which focuses on concrete policy initiatives to change the mental health scene on campus. In the future, Karolina wants to continue her education in the medical school and pursue a career in clinical psychiatry while staying involved in public mental health advocacy.

Anna McDonough

Anna is a sophomore at Emory University, studying neuroscience and behavioral biology. She became interested in mental health advocacy after realizing how little conversation there is about mental illness despite its huge prevalence. Through working with the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide in her New Jersey hometown and collaborating with the Emory chapter of Active Minds to bring about meaningful conversations and destigmatize mental illness, she has developed a sincere passion for mental health awareness and hopes to have a tangible impact on how mental health is perceived on the global level. In addition to her work with these organizations, she partakes in molecular genetics research and enjoys cooking, weightlifting, and learning new things.