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You're Not Alone

February 27, 2017

 

The University of Georgia has over 700 student organizations. Among those hundreds, there is one known as "You’re Not Alone." Often referred to as YNA, this organization helps bring awareness to mental health and strives to eliminate the stigmas that are often associated with mental illness. YNA allows members of our community to share stories as well as provide support of those around them.

 

Chi Omega is so proud of their very own member, Elizabeth Willis, who brought this organization to campus as a freshman, and is currently the president of YNA! Elizabeth is as sophomore from Buckhead, GA working toward a degree in Marketing. Three words to best describe her: hard-working, passionate, and involved. Aside from founding YNA, Elizabeth is involved with the American Marketing Association, the hospital relations committee for UGA Miracle, Chi Omega fraternity, and Food2Kids. Whatever she does, she does it 110%. Chi Omega is so proud of to have a sister like Elizabeth! 

 

Why would she bring this organization to UGA? The answer is simple but solemn. During second semester of her freshman year, Elizabeth received a text that no one ever wants to read. At this very moment, she learned that one of her teammates from high school had committed suicide that night. To say she was shocked would be an understatement. Willis previously described him as an “incredibly sweet, funny, happy and caring kid who would do anything for anyone else." She never expected him to be one who struggled with mental health. After  realizing how may people silently struggle with mental health, Elizabeth knew she had to help any way she could, so she started the second chapter of YNA.

 

 Anyone and everyone is  welcome to join You’re Not Alone; visit their website or Facebook page for more information. YNA has the capability to change the way that this community perceives mental illness.

Michelle Obama said it best with the following quote: “Whether an illness affects your heart, your leg or your brain, it’s still an illness, and there should be no distinction.” 

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