Jose Caballero

Program Committee Member of Mental Health America

Who or what is your inspiration?

Books are what inspire me. The freedom of collective knowledge, dynamic exchange of ideas, and enlightenment they possess and transmit to the reader bring me hope and curiosity. It is this curiosity and thirst for knowledge that inspires and motivates me to ask big questions about contemporary issues and take action to find valuable and impactful solutions.

One thing you would like to see changed in mental or behavioral health care?

As we look to the future of youth mental health, it is crucial that we understand the role of intersectionality. This means recognizing that different groups face unique challenges. For instance, first-generation students and non-native speakers like myself face language barriers and socioeconomic disparities that can further isolate them, add layers of stigma, and prevent them from seeking help. I hope these and many other disparities are addressed in the future.

What is your superpower?

Migrating to a new country, adapting and navigating school alone, moving to New York City, experiencing identity and existential crises, and facing socioeconomic and language barriers—my superpower is perseverance


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