Havertown Resident and Recent Immaculata University Graduate Receives Honor From National Organization

Melissa Hopely of Havertown, PA, recently received honorable mention from the Jed Foundation´s Annual Mental Health Awards. She plans to attend the awards ceremony held in June in New York City. Melissa recently graduated from Immaculata University with a BA degree in psychology with minors in history and public relations.
The Jed Foundation works nationally to reduce the rate of suicide and the prevalence of emotional distress among college and university students. Helping Jed Foundation to achieve its mission are the 2009 Jerry Greenspan Student Voice of Mental Health Award recipients – of which Melissa was awarded honorable mention.
While a student at Immaculata University, Melissa founded Active Minds, a national organization of students who support college students who are suffering with mental health problems. Citing her activities in promoting mental health awareness by speaking publicly about her own struggles with obsessive-compulsive disorder, through her involvement with Active Minds, and by coordinating fundraisers and other campus events, the Jed Foundation awarded honorable mention to Melissa.
Melissa is a graduate of Cardinal O´Hara High School in Springfield, PA.
Immaculata University, a Catholic coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.


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