Founded in 2018, Sophrosyne Mental Health is a not-for-profit organization based in Boston, which began as an Instagram page and gradually expanded to a full-fledged organization. Our mission is to educate teens as well as advocate for mental wellness and accessibility to resources. We initially were assisted by the Youth Activism Project, which guided us in becoming what we are today. We are now independently run by two teens, Emily Weinberg and Yuliana Astorga Licardie.
In these past few years, we have been so excited to advocate for mental health legislation, create an app and website, and speak to so many amazing advocates. We have built four teams, creative team, fundraising team, outreach team, and policy team to make sure that we address mental health how it should be addressed - from as many angles as possible.
Sophrosyne Mental Health was founded
Started the website
Started with our Youth Activism Project advisor
Planning the Mental Health Rally
Mental Health Rally 2019
Brave New Films Documentary
Advocacy for Bill S.244 - Mandatory mental health education in MA
Worked on the website
Expanded the team
Passed out ribbons for World Mental Health Month
Held an block at school to talk about Sophrosyne + a viewing of our documentary
Help a Friend Page on Sophrosyne Website
Planning Bowling Night for Spring
Planning a Screening of our Documentary
Planning a Mental Health Book Display at our school
Virtual Mental Health Rally 2020
Released our App!
Started selling jewelry to fundraise
Self-care zoom calls for COVID
Managing COVID stress
Guest Speaking with YAP on Taking Care of Mental Health Being an Activist
Opened a Depop shop
Misconceptions Instagram Posts
Regular Zoom calls such as Bedtime stories
Independent from YAP
Expanded our team
Opened our Etsy Shop
Beyond the Stereotype Series
Positivity with Jussi Padam Podcast
Planning our Third Mental Health Rally for 2021
Founder and Executive Director
Emily Weinberg is the nineteen-year-old founder and executive director of Sophrosyne Mental Health. After struggling with her depression and being diagnosed with BPD, she started the organization in 2018 and oversaw it as it grew from website to rallies to the app. When Weinberg began her recovery journey, she saw how difficult it was to find informative, understandable, and compassionate resources, which is why she founded Sophrosyne Mental Health. She currently attends the University of Massachusetts Boston and is majoring in International Relations.
Yuliana Astorga-Licardie is the seventeen-year-old outreach director. She has been with Sophrosyne since 2019 and was one of the first people Emily brought to the team. She has struggled with anxiety and panic attacks almost her entire life. She wishes that she had known more when she was younger to better understand herself and her struggles. She is determined to make a change, and help spread information and resources to be more accessible. She loves working at Sophrosyne and is excited to see what the future holds. She has committed to Lesley University and is going to start her major in social work in the fall of 2021.