Perspectives on Mental Health
Wintersession Workshop for Harvard Undergraduates 2019
We had another amazing Conte sponsored Harvard Undergraduate Wintersession Program this year!
It started on Tuesday January 22, with Personal Perspectives; emotional and courageous accounts from guests who experience firsthand what it is like to live with mental illness/trauma.
Wednesday had a different focus which was Basic Science Perceptives that included tours of both the Arlotta and Lichtman Labs as well as data blitz sessions in the afternoon from all four investigator labs.
The afternoon sessions consisted of data blitz sessions from each of the Conte faculty labs to include more in depth information of what they are focused on and the amazing results that research can offer.
Day 3 – Field Trip! We headed off to McLean Hospital to lean about Clinical Perceptives and a tour of the Imaging Center and Brain Bank. Drs. Vahia, Silveri and McHugh shared experiences, both seeing patients and conducting research at McLean.
The fourth and final day of Wintersession focused on Music Therapy, Art Therapy, and Career Panel.
The career panel provided students with a flavor of the nonclincial careers that exist within the field of mental health. Lauren Wilkins spoke about her experience with starting the nonprofit “Leadnow”, which is a group that aims to improve and promote mental health curriculum in high schools across Massachusetts. Kate Nemens talked about her 14+ years working on family law and domestic violence cases involving clients with mental health disorders. Patricio O’Donnell gave students a brief summary of his transition from academia to industry and fielded questions from students on working in both environments. David Mou, a psychiatrist and co-founder of the start up Valera Health, detailed the process of running a business that targets mental health disorders.
A huge thank you to not only the Conte Center for the sponsorship of this amazing program but to our Wintersession team that pulled it all together to make these four days something for the students to think about for months to come.