WHO WE ARE
We are a group of students from Arizona State University passionate about student well-being!
WHAT WE DO
We team up with high school administrators and educators to understand the unique strengths and needs of their school. We offer resources and hands-on support to foster a school community best suited for student social and emotional growth, the foundations for academic learning and positive well-being.
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Hi! My name is Aarzoo Kumar and I’m a junior at Arizona State University studying Neurobiology. I believe that mental health and well-being is a crucial part of everyone’s daily life. I joined Home Base because I have had close friends and classmates struggle with suicidal ideation and I want to be able to help advocate for them, as well as provide others, who make be dealing with the same situations, with appropriate resources and support. I hope to reduce the stigma towards mental health!
VICE PRESIDENT OF ENGAGEMENT
My name is Joanna Gunaraj I am a sophomore studying Business (Law) at Arizona State University. I will be graduating in May of 2022. I am passionate about mental health because myself and those who are close to me have been negatively impacted by the stigma surrounding this issue for so long. It is frustrating to see those close to you not being able to fully sympathize with you because they do not see mental illness as a real health issue. Which is why my interests within HBI are in outreach. I am in the process of reaching out to School officials to try to understand their stance on mental health within high schools so that myself and the HBI team can better understand how to tackle the stigma.
VICE PRESIDENT OF MANAGEMENT
I am a junior majoring in Economics at ASU. I work on the grants and fundraising team as well as the curriculum team for HBI. After meeting Maddie and Sonia through the Tillman Scholars Program and hearing about Home Base Initiative I knew I wanted to get involved! Mental illness has had a huge impact on my life and family and I want to reduce the stigma as well as emphasize that mental health is an essential component to leading a healthy life!
The issue of mental health amongst high-school aged students is something with which I have first hand experience, both with my peers and within my family. My high school suffered through three student suicides during my time there, and my sister has been a victim of severe depression. Having witnessed the rippling effect of suicide and how much it has developed into an epidemic, I made a promise to myself to work towards a better future for adolescent mental health. At Home Base, my role in curriculum involves establishing a program of activities aimed to increase peer connectedness and overall encourage positive social, emotional, and mental wellbeing.
My name is Arni Dizon, a Psychology and Justice Studies student at Arizona State University! I'm passionate about social justice, fantasy books, writing creative non-fiction, and making mental health a prime priority. Too many people, from all social backgrounds, are barred from understanding mental illnesses and their implications. Joining Home Base Initiative represents a big step for me, to combat suicide, eradicate the stigma, and bridge the mental health awareness gap prevalent today.
My name is Zoe Sabrowsky and I am a freshman. I am interested in mental health because it's something that everyone struggles with at some point in their life but is often not regarded as serious as it should be. The less we talk about mental health issues the more people feel isolated by it. By normalizing the conversation and extend a helping hand, it becomes easier to reach out for help when it's needed.
My name is Chris McClung, and I'm a freshman majoring in Psychology and Religious Studies. I'm interested in mental health because someone needed to support my friends. Some people need help to support them, to help build them up to a person who can carry the stresses and burdens of life because otherwise, they won't. I want to help those people, and I'd like to do so directly through education and interacting with others about mental health.
Maddie Sutton is an alumni at Barrett, the Honors College at ASU with degrees in global studies and psychological sciences with a french minor. She cofounded Home Base Initiative after experiencing a friend's suicide during her senior year of high school. Maddie thinks that mental health is the most important yet overlooked aspect of people's day-to-day lives and aspires to bring awareness to the resources that are out there to help. She lives by the motto: people need people and hopes to show others the power of social connection for well-being.
I am an alumni at Arizona State University with degrees in Biochemistry and Psychology. Having felt the personal impact of losing a friend to suicide and struggled with my own mental health in the past, I understand the immense power of vulnerability and social support when developing and sustaining positive mental health habits. I co-founded Home Base Initiative with the hope of sharing this understanding and positively impacting our local youth. In the future, I hope to support patients as a genetic counselor and continue to be an advocate for mental health.
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