Kelsey (@kelsarita) was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She lost her father to suicide her senior year of high school. After moving back from college in Hawai’i, Kelsey decided to explore her father’s mental illness (Bipolar) and death by suicide more, and began her involvement as a volunteer and field advocate with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. In her time volunteering, sitting as a board member for the Arizona Chapter and working as a field advocate, Kelsey learned about mental illness, mental health and suicide. Every year since 2012 Kelsey has traveled to Washington DC to advocate for mental health and suicide prevention legislation. She has also worked with survivors of suicide loss in her home state of Arizona putting on multiple events since 2012 promoting hope and healing. Her work with The Commit Campaign has only made her more driven to end the stigma that she lived with for many years after her father’s death and bring hope and healing to as many people as she can reach. Kelsey is a proud dog mommy, happy wife, yoga girl, fresh air enthusiast and history buff.