South Africa & University of Cape Town, 2019
Kate Solomons is both a student of adversity and psychology. Having endured the terrible and tumultuous experience of mental illness, she decided that no individual should ever have to suffer as she has. Furthermore, she believes that all individuals rightfully deserve the vital interventions needed for recovery from such issues. Therefore, she would like to pursue a career in the field of psychology to create sustainable and affordable mental healthcare programmes. This would include training members of the South African communities to become mental health lay-workers and to provide counselling to those who have limited access to the psychiatric system. She is outspoken and passionate human rights activist and believes in using social justice and community engagement as a platform to aid others in their struggles. She also believes in radical vulnerability and speaks openly about her own battles with depression and anxiety. She has been a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society since 2014. She was also invited to and attended an international Medicine and Science delegation in the San Francisco, USA in 2015. Additionally, she was selected as one of Africa’s “Bright Young Minds” in 2017 for her extensive volunteering efforts as well her push towards creating better mental healthcare interventions in South Africa. She has recently graduated with an Honours degree in Psychology, which was obtained with distinction and full academic colours. She eventually wants to acquire a PhD in clinical psychology, and to work for the World Health Organisation, specialising in global mental health and transcultural psychiatry.