After the many completed suicides in the Salem-Keizer School District, students from South Salem High School decided that youth need to speak up to help solve the problem. Whether it’s lived experience with mental health problems or seeing someone we love struggle, we know how important it is for peers to speak up for those who can’t.
Founded by a student and created for students, Live To Tell strives to make suicide a never event in the Salem-Keizer School District. In order to accomplish this, we believe the change has to come from us. Through advocacy, awareness, and education, we work to destigmatize the issue of mental health within the student body and to lead the conversation surrounding suicide prevention and mental wellness.
Meet the Team
Our Board of Directors is made up entirely of high school students from across the Salem-Keizer School District. Here are just a few of us!
Neha is a senior at South Salem High School. She is actively involved in her community through disaster preparedness efforts, professional development clubs, and South’s IB program. She is passionate about making a difference in her community by promoting wellness and resources.
Avani is a junior at South Salem High School. She cares deeply about strengthening connections with others throughout her community and de-stigmatizing the topic of mental health for every member of the district. She is involved in the IB, DECA, HOSA, and Saxon Strong programs at South.
Sophia is a senior at South Salem High School. She is passionate about being involved in, and supporting her community. She is involved in suicide prevention efforts, as well as school sports, DECA, and the IB program.
Ronith is a senior at Sprague High School. He is involved in his school’s mental health programs and tutors fellow students in the AP program. He is passionate about ensuring individuals in his community feel included and receive the resources they need to be successful.
Founder and Former President
A Class of 2020 graduate of South Salem High School, Eric worked as a call worker for Youthline, a teen to teen crisis hotline in Portland. He’s passionate about the role peers can play in helping prevent suicide and promote mental wellness. He currently attends Stanford University.
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