Students discuss suicide prevention policies at Saxon Strong, a chapter of Live To Tell at South Salem High School.

Our Story

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.

Our Vision

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.

Live To Tell President speaks at Salem Keizer School Board Meeting about the importance of student advocacy in suicide prevention work.

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!

Arnav Mohindra

President

Arnav is a senior at South Salem High School. He is actively involved in the school’s suicide prevention efforts and also participates in his school’s orchestra, DECA, HOSA, and Link programs. He is passionate about supporting youth in his community.

Henry Kanaskie

Vice President

Henry is a senior at South Salem High School. Alongside working with suicide prevention programs around the school district, he is also avidly involved with sports, orchestra, and the IB program.

Neha Srinivasan

Secretary

Neha is a junior 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.

Ava Templeton

Treasurer

Ava is a senior at South Salem High School. As well as being a part of suicide prevention groups throughout Salem Keizer, she is also involved in South’s leadership program, the IB program, and volunteers with a child with disabilities.

Eric Martz

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.

Feel free to reach out to us with any questions or donations!