Lauren Kiley, Social Media Intern

Lauren Kiley, Social Media Intern at Brighter Hope Wellness Center for Spring 2022
Lauren Kiley, Social Media Intern at Brighter Hope Wellness Center for Spring 2022

Lauren Kiley is a graduating senior at Towson University working towards a Bachelor’s in Psychology. She is a transfer student from Harford Community College, and then after two years continued her education and college experience at Towson. Lauren is a bilingual speaker and so she grew up speaking both Spanish and English. By being submerged into the Spanish culture, Lauren has noticed that mental health is not something that is commonly discussed enough and/or understood amongst the Latin community. She wishes to normalize speaking out about mental health and avoid suffering in silence. Lauren believes that many members of society may not be knowledgeable about how to seek help, and so the first step is to step away from the negative stigma and normalize talking about one’s struggles. Throughout Lauren’s academic career, she has always been passionate about mental health and advocating for those in need. Lauren has always felt a strong personal connection in advocating for mental health. She believes that the field is constantly growing and demanding more attention, and so she wishes to pursue a career that leaves a positive, long-lasting impact.

Brighter Hope Wellness Center is a perfect fit for Lauren as she wishes to expand her existing knowledge of mental health and contribute even further on different social platforms. Social media today provides a stigma associated with mental health that vulnerability is mistaken for weakness, and so Lauren believes that by taking the correct approach and being vocal and open throughout different platforms, individuals who are struggling will be less afraid to speak up and/or seek the help that they need.