September 06, 2023

In this episode of NAMI’s podcast, guest host Alex Ang (member of NAMI NextGen), fills in for NAMI CEO Daniel H. Gillison Jr. to speak with Jayvein Greene (NAMI Young Leader 2023 Award Recipient), Zoë Warren (volunteer for NAMI’s new Youth & Young Adult Helpline) and Rishika Rohatgi (member of NAMI Next Gen) about how students can help make mental health a priority for themselves and their peers this school year.

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Episode Audio:



Featured Guests:

Jayvein Greene

Jayvein Greene is a junior at Fayetteville State University studying Business Administration with a concentration in entrepreneurship and minor in prelaw. He started the first NAMI On Campus at an HBCU, serves on the board of NAMI North Carolina, and is this year’s recipient of the NAMI Young Leader Award. He founded A Love Perverted LLC to bring awareness through literature and fashion to those with lived experience in Childhood Sexual Trauma and was also a State Award Recipient for One Community In Recovery for willingness to educate community on the risk of substance abuse and the potential effect it has in families and communities.


Zoë Warren

Zoë Warren is a third-year psychology student at Drexel University, originally from Pittsburgh, PA. She is a certified NAMI Helpline Specialist working as an intern under Drexel’s Cooperative Education program. She is also a volunteer for NAMI’s new youth and young adult helpline. Zoë has always had a love for helping others during difficult times and her goal is to one day work in a clinical or research setting in the psychology field. She believes that mental health is an important topic and should be discussed more with younger individuals. Working on the NAMI Helpline has inspired Zoë so much and she hopes to continue her journey in helping others in any way she can.


Rishika Rohatgi

Rishika Rohatgi (she/her/hers) is a Morrill Distinction Scholar at the Ohio State University pursuing a double major in Finance and Economics and a minor in Psychology. She worked extensively with NAMI Lehigh Valley while co-founding a youth mental health initiative spread to schools in the Greater Philadelphia region. Additionally, she helped collect over 750 personal items and mental health resources for those experiencing homelessness as part of a grant from the Northampton County Division of Mental Health. She hopes to use her time on NAMI Next Gen to further destigmatize discussions of mental health within educational environments and increase the support offered to youth in minority communities.

About the Guest Host:

Alex Ang

Alex Ang (she/her/hers) lives in Saint Paul, MN, and is a full-time Social Media Program Manager. She is also a Content Creator, focusing on lifestyle and literature. On May 18th, 2022, Alex attended MTV Entertainment Group’s inaugural Mental Health Youth Action Forum at the White House as one of 30 mental health advocates and creators. Since then, she has been on a mission to highlight the importance of storytelling in mental health awareness. As a NAMI Next Gen Advisor, she plans to make mental health resources more accessible to young people, especially BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ youth.

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