Sarah – Hendrix College

Public Policy Associate

This fall semester with the Public Policy Office has been enlightening, exhilarating, and transformative. In my four months as a public policy associate, I have learned more about DC, suicide prevention, mental health, Congress, and myself than I ever had. I’ve attended hearings, panels, round-table discussions, White House conferences, and meetings with Congressional staff and been exposed to the realities of mental health legislation. Working with AFSP is meaningful and fulfilling—there is always a reason to wake up and come in to work. There is meaning behind every project I’ve completed and every task I was assigned.

The whole team here is supportive beyond belief and created an environment where I was able to grow professionally, academically, and personally. Not only did I meet a wide array of mental health professionals and advocates, I got to know the dedicated staff who work to make this world a better, healthier place every day. Working under the guidance of Nicole, John, and Trevor is an experience that I will not be able to find anywhere else.

I know that I am a better, more driven, and more dedicated person for my experience with AFSP. I’ve learned specific details about the mental health system in ways that have only inspired me to act—because of my time here, I know I want to become a clinical psychologist more than ever. Working in public policy is a unique opportunity to learn about the government and nonprofits as well as the issues that I encountered on a daily basis. I will miss my spot as a public policy associate dearly!