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About

Sophrosyne

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.

Timeline
 

2018

Fall 2018

Sophrosyne Mental Health was founded

Started the website

Started with our Youth Activism Project advisor

 

Winter 2018

Planning the Mental Health Rally

Fundraising

 

2019

Spring 2019

Mental Health Rally 2019

Brave New Films Documentary

Advocacy for Bill S.244 - Mandatory mental health education in MA

 

Fall 2019

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

 

Winter 2019

Self-Care cards

Merch

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

2020

Spring 2020

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

 

Summer 2020

Opened a Depop shop

OpenFloor Podcast

 

Fall 2020

Misconceptions Instagram Posts

Regular Zoom calls such as Bedtime stories

Independent from YAP

 

Winter 2020

Rebranded

Expanded our team

Opened our Etsy Shop

Beyond the Stereotype Series

Positivity with Jussi Padam Podcast

 

2021

Spring 2021

Planning our Third Mental Health Rally for 2021

 
Directors

Emily Weinberg

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.

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Yuliana Astorga-Licardie

Outreach Director

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.

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