Sara has led a process to re-imagine wellness at the engineering school from something that is purely reactive to something that is proactive and looks at wellness as an essential part of student life - not just a set of resources you turn to in crisis. From appearing at frosh events during orientation to being a cheerleader and champion at two faculty wellness weeks, as well as speaking to classes and generally being a positive presence around Beamish-Munro Hall, she is a constant champion of good mental and physical health and is helping transform the school. She's warm, welcoming, compassionate and very passionate about wellness!
When I think about mental health, it is as the filter through which you experience reality around you. I support student mental health by looking beyond the medical/therapy model to better integrate it into the broader aspects of school and culture here in engineering. I'll just leave this quote here, "Wherever you go, you're carrying your mind with you. To develop a familiarity with that, I think, is the crux skill that underlies everything else" by Tim Ferris.
--- Sara Couto