Aria Rani Sindledecker is a Freshman at Mountain View High School. She is an advocate and activist for mental health. She is the President of her high school club chapter of Bring Change to Mind and a member of the BC2M Teen Advisory Board. She is also the current Freshman ASB President.
Rani is an intern for the UCSF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Services. She is also a Youth Consultant for the Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing for an adolescent mental health curriculum, a youth consultant for DHCS’s youth mental health app and a consultant for the Children's Partnership’s $10 million peer-to-peer rollout. She is on the Youth Advisory Board of the California Coalition for Youth and the California Children’s Trust.
Rani is a prolific public speaker. She has spoken at UCSF’s Psychiatry Pritzker building opening, the Krause Center of Innovation, on a panel for UCSF and the Commonwealth Club, at the California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies, at Bring Change to Mind’s Scientific Advisory Council’s introduction to a dialogue series centered around Stigma, Personhood, Context and Culture: Humanization and Inclusion for All and more.
Rani is also a documentarian, having created three award-winning short films that spotlight issues surrounding mental health. Power to Save a Life, which focuses on the social media crisis and the need for more digital citizenship in schools at an early age. Stigma-Free Nation: Pathway to Parity, which highlights mental health stigma among youth and the need for parity between physical and mental health services. And The Peer-to-Peer Movement: Students Saving Lives, which emphasizes the need for more peer-to-peer solutions in schools to aid the current and overburdened mental health resources.
I use the power of film to highlight issues and challenges that need to be addressed to improve life for all people.