My name is Abby Sheaff and I am currently a high school senior at North Attleboro High School. During my sophomore year of high school I started my own journey with mental illness,and during my junior year I lost a friend to suicide. These two aspects of my life have been important factors in motivating me to advocate for mental health, and trying to battle the stigma about it in my school and community. Some of my main goals are to remind students that it is ok to not be ok all the time, and that they are never alone in their struggles. I also try to share that mental health is relevant to everyone - not just those diagnosed with
a mental illness.
I am the founder of the Active Minds chapter at our school that KyleCares helped us form, and also the current president. Through Active Minds I think my classmates and I have started to make a real impact in the atmosphere of our school and how mental health is treated. One main way we are doing this is by educating our community about mental health. We have done a few live streams for the entire school about mental health and why it’s important. I know
that change cannot happen if there isn’t understanding of what mental health is, so it is important to teach people.
Connecting with KyleCares and consequently becoming involved with Active Minds has been the best part of my high school experience. It has provided me with a space to advocate for an issue that is so important to me. I am so happy with all of the work that has been done at our school surrounding mental health so far, and I am excited to see what the students, faculty, Active Minds, and
KyleCares do in the future.