Ann Hastings | June, 8 2016
Maggie Skoch, a 2016 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, was recognized as this year’s Jerry Greenspan Student Voice of Mental Health Award recipient at The Jed Foundation’s (JED) annual gala in New York City on June 7 (Tuesday).
The prestigious annual award honors a student who has reduced prejudice around mental illness, raised awareness of mental health issues on campus, and encouraged help-seeking among their peers. Skoch, a pre-health and theology graduate from Mentor, Ohio will attend the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University in Chicago to pursue a career in psychiatry.
Motivated by her own experiences, Skoch has been a prominent advocate for mental health awareness and education in the University community. She served as president of Notre Dame’s chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, where she was an integral planner of the University’s Mental Illness Awareness Week, a series of events that educated students about the impact and pervasiveness of mental illness, as well as raised awareness of the resources available on campus. The week reached thousands of people both at Notre Dame and in the South Bend community, and won the award for Outstanding Club Event/Program of the Year in the 2014-15 academic year.