Shining a light
What will you do with a psychology degree?
I’m not sure—I just know I want to work with children and teenagers. I just love kids.
What are some statistics regarding suicide that people should know?
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college students. One out of every four people will experience mental illness.
What happened that led you to want to help prevent suicide?
During my junior year of high school, one of my closest friends committed suicide. He was the funniest guy I knew—always smiling. None of us saw it coming. Ever since then, I’ve wanted to help people who feel as he did. During my senior year, I held a suicide-awareness night at my high school for my senior project.
How did you get involved with starting a local AFSP?
When I went online to register for the next Out of the Dark walk in Sacramento, I saw there was a possible new location [for an AFSP chapter] in Chico. I contacted the Nor Cal director and asked, “How can I get involved”?
What are some of your AFSP committee tasks?
I’m recruiting volunteers, getting people to register for the walk, and I’ve helped with organizational tasks, including sending letters to about 800 local businesses to request sponsorship.
How do Active Mind members conduct outreach?
We provide information about mental illness and suicide awareness at events and at the Free Speech area on campus, and we participate in the national Stomp Out Stigma Day, which is aimed at decreasing the stigma surrounding mental illness.