Ananya (she/her) is a computer science student at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She got involved in mental health advocacy through her own lived experiences with bipolar disorder and anxiety. She is the founder of Anemone, a mental health crisis-planning app. She was a member of the Mental Health America Collegiate Innovation Council and has served as a mental health advisor for various federal projects and tech companies, including Google. She has also given a TEDx talk about her journey as an Indian-American college student with a mental illness. On-campus, she leads many policy initiatives with groups like Active Minds and UIUC's Counseling Center. She wants to focus on improving mental health awareness within STEM and promoting higher education faculty training. She has spoken about her mental health work through groups such as AnitaB.org and Wogrammer and been recognized by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, TeenVogue, Washington Post, and others. Ananya has also been awarded by the White House, Mayor of Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Science Awards for her past work in computer science and robotics. When she’s not coding or tinkering around, Ananya enjoys baking and trying to beat her sister at Just Dance.
Anemone App and MHA College Leader