Today we are spotlighting one of our hometown organizations in Madison, Wisconsin, Ask.Listen.Save. The goal of this registered student organization is to help reduce the stigmas surrounding mental health issues and suicide. College can be tough and stressful, so the folks at Ask.Listen.Save are here to support and educate their peers. I’d like to introduce Abi Valero, a member on the board of Ask.Listen.Save. He tells us more about their mission and what the organization means to him.
“Ask.Listen.Save is a registered student organization on the UW-Madison campus for it’s third year, and we do many different activities around campus to help promote positive mental health. We also host workshops for different student organizations to educate them about the different signs of suicide. Our name stands for the three different steps we use to help prevent suicide: Ask fellow students who are showing symptoms of depression and/or experiencing suicidal thoughts if they are okay, Listen to what they have to say, and if needed, serve as a student bridge to the UW-Madison Health Services Counseling to help Save a life.
This organization is important because we talk about issues that many people shy away from. We clarify the facts and myths of suicide. Working closely with the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, we hold an annual walk every spring where we raise money to go towards research for suicide prevention and suicide prevention education around the nation. This walk is an opportunity for the community to come together for the cause and feel the support that there is in the community. Our biggest achievement is for the third year in a row we are the number one college fundraising walk in the nation.”
The next time you order, give some thought as to where the donation goes. You’re likely to help more people then you know.