Smitha Gundavajhala

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Smitha Gundavajhala

About Smitha Gundavajhala

Smitha Gundavajhala is a Communications Associate at Young Minds Advocacy, and was previously a Law Clerk and Policy Intern with YMA. As a student mental health advocate at UC Berkeley, she worked to integrate remote counseling, confidential peer counseling spaces, and cultural and structural competency in institutional spaces. As a second-generation Indian American, she believes that both mental health and advocacy are simultaneously personal and community-informed, and honors both processes in her work.

I’m Still a Youth (Advocate)

It’s customary for new staff and team members here at Young Minds Advocacy to write a blog introducing them to the world. It makes sense as a practice because we’re an outward facing organization, and to begin the journey of advocacy here is to begin to flex your voice. I wrote my first introductory [...]

CREATIVE ADVOCACY AWARDS 2018: MEET JOHN LYONS!

To kick off Mental Health Awareness Month in May, Young Minds Advocacy is hosting our 3rd Annual Creative Advocacy — a celebration to support local artists, counter stigma, and honor mental health advocates who change lives. Our next Creative Advocacy awardee is John Lyons, a nationally acclaimed professor, author, and mental health advocate. [...]

CREATIVE ADVOCACY AWARDS 2018: MEET CALLA!

To kick off Mental Health Awareness Month in May, Young Minds Advocacy is hosting our 3rd Annual Creative Advocacy — a celebration to support local artists, counter stigma, and honor mental health advocates who change lives! Our next Creative Advocacy awardee is Calla Peltier-Olson, a longtime TAY advocate and community organizer. Read on [...]

Siavash Zohoori Brings Empathy Into His Advocacy

Young Minds Advocacy spoke with Siavash Zohoori, the keynote speaker for this year’s UC Davis Mental Health Conference, as well as one of the founders of the #HowAreYou campaign. Across the University of California system, the #HowAreYou campaign has championed the need for accessible, diverse mental health services and supports that engage with the [...]