Episode # 2

Mental Health: The Most Important Assignment

Bryan Contreras joins the podcast to talk about the importance of mental health, which is a critical part of the educational journey. Bryan gives tips on both evaluating the state of your mental health, and what lasting habits you can build to keep your sense of mental wellbeing high. He also talks about how institutions are working to improve the ways they can support students from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, and the need for that effort to continue. Life After Now is brought to you by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.

Topics covered in this episode include:

  • The importance of managing stress, anxiety and coming to terms with reality
  • How low technology and physical movement can help with mental wellness
  • Building self-care into your routine and prioritizing wellness
  • Understanding that mental health diseases are medical and are biological
  • Bryan shares how he personally addresses his mental health in major tragedies

Bryan Contreras - Guest at Life After Now

Episode Transcript


Bryan Contreras is the Vice President of K12 and Education Partnerships at myOptions, a non-profit education organization that provides the nation’s largest free, voluntary college and career planning program. Twitter: @bcontra91 LinkedIn:

He has twenty years of experience in college admissions and college counseling, and leads the organization’s student and secondary school engagement strategy. Prior to myOptions, he served as the Executive Director, KIPP Through College at KIPP Houston Public Schools. There he designed a college and career-planning program that empowered students to make educated decisions about their post-secondary plans. He also helped build a program that supported thousands of college age students.

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