One thing that I feel is lacking in today’s church is an understanding of mental health and God’s plan for it in our lives. My leadership commitment is to begin a non-profit organization that will bring awareness of mental health within the church. This organization will allow for Catholics to gain a deeper understanding of how our mental health issues can be redeemed and lead us to flourishing. One of the programs I will cultivate is a scholarship fund to help Catholic missionaries receive mental health support, such as therapy and psychiatric services, while they serve those around them. Another aspect of the organization will be to promote a healthy understanding of sexuality and identity in adolescents. Last, I will create a podcast and webinars to help others understand that as a Catholic you do not need to choose between mental health or spirituality, you can have both.

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