Former DD2 student recognized

  • Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Provided Margaret Kramer

Margaret Kramer, a junior at the University of South Carolina, has been announced as the recipient of the 2014 Jerry Greenspan Student Voice of Mental Health Award.

Kramer is recognized for her work in reducing prejudice around mental health and spreading awareness about emotional health issues like eating disorders in her community. She is a product of DD2 schools.

A record number of students applied for the award this year. The two runner-ups include Benjamin Taitz, a California State University at Fullerton student, and Tiffany (TK) Truong, a University of California at Los Angeles student.

Kramer is a junior business and health promotion student at the University of South Carolina (USC). Before coming to college, she battled an eating disorder and witnessed firsthand how difficult it can be to recover when stigma is attached to your illness. Her experience inspired her to find a way to reduce mental health stigma and encourage others to seek treatment on her college campus and in the state of South Carolina.

As a freshman, Margaret became involved with student-run health program Changing Carolina Peer Leaders, and she was elected Mental Health Chair. She used the role to create and lead campus-wide mental health initiatives, including stress management, suicide prevention, and eating disorder awareness. She expanded her role to include helping run the body confidence week at USC called Carolina Beautiful, which coincides with National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Kramer also worked to re-establish the Active Minds chapter at USC with the help of the national nonprofit and the USC Counseling Center. and is in the process of co-founding nonprofit South Carolina Coalition for Overcoming Eating Disorders (SC-COED) with local eating disorder treatment professionals.

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