Solving the college mental health crisis

College is supposed to be the best four years of your life. Yet during my freshman year I had to attend the funeral of one of my best friends. Understandably, this put a dark cloud over my freshman year of college.

People you meet in college can become family so quickly, becoming your home away from home. They are there for better or for worse. From hours spent studying together to late night adventures, my friend was there through it all. He was there for the ups and downs; yet I was unable to be there for him in his moment of greatest need. He died by suicide over the summer as we were entering our sophomore year of college. Like too many college students across the country, my group of friends lost one of their shining stars that summer.

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