Youth Advisory Board
AAS And NCPYS have spent years working with different groups, schools, and youth services organizations to better prepare and empower students across the country. Digital materials and toolkits have found their way into the hands of children and adults to help train communities and enhance suicide prevention for thousands of people.
My name is Adia Fadaei and I am 15 years old. I will be entering my junior year, and I will be transferring schools from Calabasas High to Oaks Christian School for the ’18-’19 school year. I have been doing MMA (karate) for eleven years, and earned my black belt when I was nine. I love being around other people and appreciating our cultural differences, and through my church’s high school ministry (Calvary Community Church), I was able to go on a mission/service trip to the Dominican Republic over my last spring break. I have been heavily involved in the community since I was extremely young, and have had many amazing opportunities to volunteer through church events and community events. I have also been a hotline listener atTeenLine, a teen-run hotline in Los Angeles, for the past year now. Choosing to be involved with Teenline has easily been one of the best decisions of my life, and through there, I have had countless opportunities to advocate for mental health and have presentations at different schools. I am very passionate about mental health and suicide prevention advocacy, which is why I applied to the Youth Advisory Board. I want my voice to be heard and I want to help those who can not help themselves, and I can not wait to get started.
Grace Kulp is a senior in a high school in Maryland. She is interested in music and science and is highly involved in several programs at school and church. She also attends the Career and Technology Center for nursing. She says she’s been around suicide prevention all her life, as her mom works for the American Association of Suicidology. She serves on the youth advisory board because she feels it’s her responsibility as a young person to speak out for peers who are too afraid to use their own voices. “Suicide and depression are growing issues in today’s society, especially in kids my age,” Grace shared. “I think it’s important that we speak out and spread awareness, to show others that they matter.”
I am passionate about improving mental health and suicide awareness among youth. I volunteer at Teen Line, a teen-to-teen non-profit telephone hotline based in Los Angeles, where I have supported actively suicidal teens in moments of crisis. Hearing their stories has inspired me to support individuals struggling with suicidal feelings by becoming involved in suicide prevention. I am also involved in Peer Support at school, which is a supportive environment for high-school students to share their struggles. I write and edit articles and create video and podcast content for my school newspaper. I also contribute regularly to Teen Line’s blog, “Through Ups and Downs.” I hope to bring my understanding of mental health issues among youth and my writing skills to NCPYS to create online content (both written and video content) focused towards suicide prevention. I feel that having Youth Advisory Board members share our personal stories and create content will be impactful for teens across the country who come to the AAS or NCPYS website and are reaching out for help.
I am Fenway Jones, a 15 year old upcoming Sophomore. One of my biggest passions has always been to help people, I love doing that in all sorts of ways. I am the oldest of three children, the middle child being 10 years younger, so I’ve learned how to be responsible. I really enjoy spending time with my friends, but I also know there is more to life than just the social aspect, so I also try and spend lots of time with my family and balance my time. This past April I organized a suicide prevention event, called Jasper’s Game Day, that through approximately 300 people we raised just short of 8000 dollars. We had people fly out from L.A., and people donating from places as far away as Australia. I've lost two friends in the past year to suicide, so that has driven me to stop that pain from befalling others. I wanted to join the board to hopefully be able to reach more people around the nation. I really think that me being on the board could really help to reach the gaming world. And show that even though some might not be in that world, that doesn't mean that they don't want to help those who are.
After developing POTS, a condition that causes her to faint, then 15-year-old Hannah Lucas, was terrified of being alone. What would happen to her if she fainted and no one was around?
Hannah's fears quickly spiraled into anxiety and deep depression, which led to self harm. By the end of her freshman year of high school, she missed 196 classes due to her condition.
It was during one of Hannah’s lowest moments, alone in her room and contemplating self harm, when the idea for the notOK App™ was born. What if there was a button she could press and someone would immediately know she was not okay?
When her condition stabilized, Hannah was able to take coding and entrepreneurship classes at local colleges, which empowered her to see her vision through.
notOK™ is Hannah’s first app and Bug and Bee, LLC is Hannah’s first company.