Moving NYC Forward

May: Mental Health Awareness Month

Congratulations to the ABNY Young Professionals May Spotlight of the Month, Lynsey Billet, Associate Vice President, HealthAnat Gerstein, Inc.,who’s highlighted for her work to advocate for better mental health services, resources, and support systems within New York City!

Lynsey Billet, MPH

Associate Vice President, Health
Anat Gerstein, Inc.
How did you get to where you are today?

I would not be where I am today without the support and guidance of my family, friends, mentors, colleagues, and peers. From a young age, my mother insisted I prioritize my education over everything else. I poured myself into my studies as a first generation college student, eventually obtaining my master’s in public health during the pandemic. Throughout my career, I’ve stayed curious and learned as much as I can from my brilliant peers and colleagues.

What are you most proud of?

I am most proud of the fact that my work in communications has a real impact on public policy and public opinion. Communicators have a unique responsibility to tell stories and craft language that center humanity and lived experience. I take that responsibility seriously and I am proud of the work I do with my colleagues and clients to tell stories that dispel myths, break down stigma, and reduce harm. When it comes to mental health, this type of communications work is urgently needed, and I feel fortunate to spend my time and energy in this space.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to work in your field?

Stay curious. Ask questions. Consider every conversation, meeting, and project an opportunity to expand your knowledge. Understand that you have something to learn from every person you encounter.

When did you realize that you are a New Yorker?

It was when I first began navigating the city by bike. There’s so much of New York you miss traveling underground!

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