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  • Writer's pictureDr Jenna Hebert

IGB Welcomes New Volunteers

Our team is growing! We are welcoming a number of new volunteers this year:

Francesca Back is a second-year medical student. She is involved in student welfare at oxford and is passionate about raising awareness and ending stigma against mental health issues. She admires the work that It Gets Brighter do and is excited about helping such a worthwhile cause.

Kalina Naidoo is a Commonwealth scholar currently studying for a DPhil in Psychiatry. What attracted her to It Gets Brighter is the work they are doing on de-stigmatizing Mental Health Disorders, which is something I always wanted to implement back home in

South Africa.

Rimu Byadya is a MSc student in International Health and Tropical Medicine candidate at University of Oxford. She worked as a Senior Sector Specialist at BRAC for three years where she worked on providing affordable and accessible essential health care in rural areas in Bangladesh through community health workers. Rimu spearheaded a social change project “Campaign RED, Realizing Empowerment for Dignity” which aimed to mobilize more than 5000 students, educators, and community leaders from rural, impoverished areas of Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, to raise awareness of menstrual hygiene and management in high schools. Rimu is looking forward to creating awareness about mental health among adolescents through her work.

Melis Anaturk is a second year DPhil student in Psychiatry, investigating the associations between social and cognitive activities and the ageing brain. Having a background in Psychology and previously overcome panic disorder, she is dedicated to promoting mental well-being among her peers and addressing a major barrier to help-seeking, the stigma that continues to surround mental health.

Severin Limal is currently in his second year of a DPhil in Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics. Having witnessed firsthand the challenges and effects of university life on young people’s mental health, he realised the importance of projects such as ‘It Gets Brighter’ in order to raise awareness and change perceptions. He is excited to get started with ‘It Gets Brighter’ and contribute to the project!

IGB Germany welcomes a new intern, Dana Winogradow. “I’m studying psychology in Constance, Germany and currently assisting Dr. Belinda Platt in testing a program on the prevention of depression of children in offspring of depressed parents (PRODO) in Munich. My future plan is to become a psychotherapist for children and teenager. I’m so looking forward to working on It Gets Brighter Germany and hoping to get as successful as IGB in England.”

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