Music & Mental Health as a Catalyst for Change

with Sean Nesamoney

Music & Mental Health as a Catalyst for Change

Episode 5, Season 4 | October 24, 2023

Show Notes

In this episode we have the opportunity to hear about the remarkable journey of Sean Nesamoney, who was a high school student with a love and talent for music. It’s a testament to the synergy between music and mental health, showcasing how Sean’s passion for music became a vision for a concert to highlight and support teen mental health resources in the community. As you listen, you’ll be moved by Sean’s dedication to making a difference around teen mental health and also inspire others to take action. As Sean says, “I hope that listeners are inspired to just start. If there’s a project in mind that you want to pursue or an issue that’s important to you, just start, because you never know where it could take you.”

Guest Info
Sean Nesamoney headshot photo

Sean Nesamoney is an incoming freshman at Stanford University and a recent graduate of Menlo School in Atherton, California. He is the Founder and Board Chair (former Executive Director) of Voices for Hope, a student-led non-profit that organized two annual benefit concerts to raise awareness and funds for youth mental health resources post-pandemic. Sean and his team raised $25,000 for the Children’s Health Council at their inaugural event.


Beyond his work with Voices for Hope, Sean is an interdisciplinary civic leader who is passionate about harnessing the power of technology and music to innovate new frontiers in human cognitive health. He was named a 2023 Regeneron STS Scholar for his research paper titled “Neurocognitive Dysfunction in Children and Adolescents with Mental Illness.” He is also a published author in the International Journal of High School Research.


Sean is also a co-founder of The ABCs of Our World, a children’s book non-profit that aims to educate youth about important global topics through writing and illustration. He was named a 2023 Coca-Cola Scholar for his various public service and civic engagement involvements throughout the past years.


Sean hopes to continue innovating at the intersection of cognitive science, technology, and storytelling to improve healthcare accessibility and craft novel approaches to the most pressing issues. In college, Sean plans to study Computer Science and pursue a minor in Poetry.