"Student Voice of Mental Health Award Winner Jose Caballero on Giving Young Adults a Platform to Share Their Stories"
Jose Caballero (he/him) hails from Nicaragua and has dedicated himself to giving everyone in his community a chance to talk openly about their journeys with mental health. His work primarily focuses on school mental health initiatives, placing particular emphasis on amplifying the voices and lived experiences of Latino, queer, and first-generation individuals. His unwavering commitment to mental health advocacy has fostered collaborations with various nonprofit organizations, including the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Mental Health America – and The JED Foundation, which honored him with the "2023 Student Voice of Mental Health Award."
In 2021, Jose founded the first and Miami-Herald Award-winning mental health awareness nonprofit, In Touch, at Miami Senior High, a 118-year-old school that lacked mental health awareness and support for students. In Touch currently has over 400 members who are working on expanding a more open-minded understanding of mental health in their community by openly sharing their stories and having candid mental health conversations. After graduating from high school in 2022, he continues his mental health advocacy by serving as editor-in-chief for the "Get In Touch Blog," a platform with the objective of amplifying the voices of individuals with lived-experiences.
Currently concentrating in psychology and political science at Columbia University, Jose has his sights set on pursuing a Ph.D. in clinical psychology in the years to come. Outside of his advocacy and academic pursuits, Jose's passion for pop and alternative music keeps him alive - especially when it comes to Taylor Swift and Lana Del Rey songs.