Senior, Information Systems major, Men's Ice Hockey. "The most fulfilling part of starting Hope Happens Here for me has been commemorating the friends and family I have lost to suicide. It has also been extremely rewarding to see others open up and embrace the importance of mental health. It's been unbelievable to see where H3 has gone, and I'm excited to see what lies ahead for the organization."
Senior, English major, Men's Ice Hockey. "After seeing mental health issues prevalent in high school and college, and dealing with my own issues, it was a no-brainer to start working to end the negative stigma that surrounds mental health and illness. One of the ways our organization has done that is by "starting the conversation" and being open about these issues, and by letting our community and beyond know that they are not alone. Hope Happens Here has grown so much in just two years, and I cannot wait to see it continues to grow with our fantastic leadership board after graduation."
Sophomore, Business Administration and Economics double major, Men's Ice Hockey. "Since attending SMC, I have been very passionate about mental health. This passion inspired me to join Hope Happens Here my freshman year to educate myself on the effects of depression, anxiety, and suicidial thoughts can have on a student-athlete. Furthermore, this has driven me to be a member of the national NCAA DII Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, as well as helping to create the inaugural Hope Happens Here Costume Walk For Mental Health. In the future, I'm ambitious to spread mental health awareness to student-athletes, coaches, and families at the collegiate level across the NCAA"
Junior, Business Administration and Economics double major, Men's Soccer. "Aside from joing Hope Happens Here in September 2016, I am also a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committe, as well as the Athletic Hall of Fame Committee. Since the Summer of 2015, I have been running a small clothing brand where I collaborate on and approve all designs, manage orders, payments, inventory control, and distribution. I am dedicated to helping fight the stigma against mental health in the athletic community and beyond"
Junior, Environmental Science major, Men's Lacrosse. "I've been playing lacrosse for more than half of my life, following in the footsteps of a close of cousin mine. When we lost him to suicide, it was a devastating shock that opened my eyes to the reality of mental health issues in student athletes all over. I joined Hope Happens Here not only to honor his memory, but to help other student athletes understand the importance of their own mental health while facing the adversity that comes with such a demanding role."
Sophomore, Business major, Economics minor, Men’s Ice Hockey. "Playing hockey from such a young age, I’ve seen the effects mental health can have on student athletes, some of those athletes being close friends of mine. I joined Hope Happens Here to help spread the awareness and the importance of mental health for student athletes, so they don't have to give up the sport that they love."
Junior, English major, Political Science minor, Women's Soccer. "As a student athlete who has experienced my own struggles with mental health and who has watched many friends struggle, I wanted to get involved in Hope Happens Here to show other students that it is possible to overcome the challenges they are facing. By helping the student body and community become more comfortable talking about mental health, I want people to feel that they are able to seek out help when they need it and know that there are always others who will listen."
Junior, Media Studies & Digital Arts and Psychology double major, Men's Soccer captain. "Hola amigos! My name is Adrian Diaz and I am from Spain. This is my 4th year in the United States. As a Social Media and Marketing coordinator for Hope Happens Here, my goal is to reach out to everyone about what we do and the goal of our organization, letting everyone know that, no matter what they are going through, there will always be someone looking out for them and available to reach if they are in any need."
Sophomore, Psychology major, Women's Lacrosse. "When first hearing of Hope Happens Here, I knew right away this organization was something I needed to be apart of. Being a student-athlete my whole life, I have seen many teammates including myself, struggle silently with mental illness. I joined this amazing organization because of the opportunity to help end the stigma and the silence surrounding mental health. I want to help start the conversation and let my teammates and the community know that there is help and they are not alone.”