Join Me in Supporting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Last school year, I served on campus as a Resident Mentor to 22 wonderful undergraduates. Though they may never know how much I cared and continue to care for each of them, I cared greatly for their happiness and their success. On December 26th 2016, I got a call from two of my residents while I was out shopping with my family in Ohio. They had terrible news to share with me - news that would later change my life - their roommate and friend, Kyle, had passed away on Christmas Eve while at home in Mount Pleasant. He had lost his battle with depression. On January 1st 2017, I attended his funeral and was overwhelmed by the loving words and fond memories his family and friends shared. I knew that although Kyle was no longer with us, the impact he had made on our lives would remain. This is definitely true for me. I didn't know Kyle very well or for very long, but I think of him almost daily - his life and death have changed the way I think about others, think about the world, and think about mental health. In memory of Kyle, I want to raise $512 (representing Kyle's May 12th birthday) for USC's Out of the Darkness walk that I will be participating in on March 25th. Thank you to everyone for your ongoing love and support - together we can educate, advocate, and support those affected by suicide.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health through education and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provides support for those affected by suicide. Led by CEO Robert Gebbia and headquartered in New York, AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states with programs and events nationwide. Learn more about AFSP in our latest Annual Report, and join the conversation on suicide prevention by following AFSP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.