Faces of Mental Health

Many teachers, speakers, and students both in and outside of the Jesuit community will be helping with this year’s social justice summit, which is focused on mental health and wellness.

One of the teachers involved with the social justice summit is Mr. Jordan Brown.

Mr. Jordan Brown, Jesuit’s Educational Technology and Information Commons Director, will be using film to aid in the understanding of mental health issues.

“I’m a creative person and I really think art is a way to understand a lot of issues that we deal with in the world,” said Mr. Brown.

As moderator of the Black Student Union (BSU), Mr. Brown plans to utilize BSU members to help him facilitate and lead the designed learning activities.

Mr. Brown and the BSU will be working alongside Mr. Mike Young, whose work involves providing counseling services to clients in treatment and linking clients with benefits and medical support.

“I learned that the best remedy for anyone with mental health is engaging in a truly healthy support group; whether that be medical, religious, family, friend, or professional supports,” said Mike Young.

Along with Mr. Brown and Mr. Young, Jesuit plans on hosting Dr. Francis Broghammer, a resident psychiatrist at UC Irvine. Her work as a psychiatrist involves helping individuals who deal with mental illness and she hopes to offer Jesuit some new insight into mental health.

The guest speakers will share many differing thoughts and opinions on mental health treatment. A common theme, however, is the importance of addressing mental health issues and giving the mentally ill the care they deserve.