"On the ocean of life let your mind be the ship and your heart be the compass."
-James David Manning
Welcome to our blog! The purpose of this website to act as a bulletin board for the north Atlanta community. Here, you'll find resources for the difficult circumstances you may be facing and be given the opportunity to contribute. We've built our entire identity -- mirrored in our website design -- around a travel theme. This is to embody the idea that life is a journey -- a journey that comes with many obstacles, but obstacles that make life more fulfilling.
Through Adversity To The Stars is meant to recognize and speak to several different obstacles one may be facing. Under any one obstacle, you find an authentic message paired with a list of resources.
Stories of Hope recounts real-life stories of difficulty and overcoming adversity, to shed light on issues our community faces, and to bring hope to those who may be in a similar situation.
The Road Untravelled is meant to explore many different topics related to mental health. These include real experiences, advice, and recommendations.
Companionship is where we explain our tangible involvement in the community to bring awareness to mental health and suicide prevention.
Finally, Asking For Directions is where we include Hotlines, Frequently Asked Questions, why it's okay to not be okay, and our most valuable resource: Ask Carmy. Advisor and professional therapist Carmy Howard will answer questions with her experience and advice when emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Emails will be answered in 1-2 business weeks. This is by NO MEANS a replacement for a hotline or professional counseling. Please call 1-800-273-8255 if in need of immediate assistance.
To prevent teen suicide through awareness, conversation, and connection.
A global community fostering hope and compassion.
We believe that:
- Every life is equal in value and purpose.
- No one should or deserves to struggle with suicidal thoughts alone.
- No one can be a burden.
- The best way to save lives from suicide is to break down barriers and create a supportive, nonjudgmental atmosphere. This allows people struggling to feel more comfortable seeking help.
Story Behind The Name
Since their creation, compasses have been used for two main purposes. They've guided people, and they've unified everyone under one true north.
At Compass Movement, we want to be a compass for all teens, regardless of background, religion, race, or struggle. We want to help guide and direct teenagers through the challenges they may face in such a critical time of their lives, towards their bright and unique futures.
We also want to start a movement. We want to break the barriers between one another and unite everyone under our one true north: the idea that everyone deserves to be respected, regardless of their struggles. We can only save lives if we work together in creating a world where people are free to seek help without the fear of stigma.
Everyone Has A Story.
Want to share yours? Compass Movement Inc. is looking for personal stories about an ordeal that you've overcome, how you got through it, and how it's changed you. Your story will shine a light for those currently struggling to look towards and gain hope. Can be named or anonymous. Email email@example.com for inquiries and submissions.
Compass Movement Inc. is currently accepting any and all inquiries about mental health, stress, coping, etc. All questions will be answered by our professional advisor and licensed specialist Ms.Carmy Howard. Answers to questions will be emailed to inquirers and posted in "Ask Carmy" in "Asking For Directions." Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. All inquirers will remain unnamed.
Meet The Team
Samruddhi Panse- Founder and President
Sam is a rising senior in high school and the founder of Compass Movement Inc. She became passionate about suicide prevention after reading novels like All The Bright Places and 13 Reasons Why. She wondered why no one was ever discussing mental health in regards to suicide, especially since it was the second leading cause of death for teens. After weeks of research, Sam realized the best way to prevent teen suicide was to create a supportive, open community that fosters hope and compassion. Since that epiphany, she has worked to be as involved in suicide prevention and mental health awareness as possible. She volunteered at multiple organizations but still found herself unsatisfied with the amount of progress and initiative she was expressing for a cause she was so passionate about. She created Compass Movement Inc. to achieve her personal goal of preventing teen suicide through conversation and connection. She wanted to spread the message that, for teens especially, struggles of any kind are just roadblocks on their unique and amazing journeys, and speaking about one's struggles is a vital step towards healing.
Carmy Howard- Advisor
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, National Credentialed Counselor, Certified Life Coach, Distance Credentialed Counselor, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, MA in Human Resource Management, MA in Business Administration
Carmy Howard is the founder of Destined Horizons, Inc. In a society where “everyday” life stressors and even trauma have become the norm, she has always believed that there is a new horizon of awareness that awaits. With over 15 years of experience working with youth and families, Carmy Howard has promoted change through teaching parenting skills, working with at-risk adolescents and providing therapy to a variety of clients. Her experiences range from play therapy with children, adolescent individual and group therapy, family therapy, couple therapy and grief counseling. Through modalities such as Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Impact Therapy, Schema Therapy, Trauma Focused and Behavioral Therapy, she has been able to bring awareness to dark places one session at a time. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor, certified as a Clinical Trauma Professional, Certified Life Coach through the Behavioral Health & Leadership Dynamics, LLC and is credentialed as a Distance Counselor. Her greatest passion is to walk the journey with a client from obscurity to clarity, while building on existing strengths. Life has a way of challenging us to newer horizons, through an eclectic approach that meet the needs of each individual, she works alongside her clients to reach their destined horizons.
Board of Writers
Emory Grace Doster
Emory Grace Doster is a senior in high school and an aspiring writer. She advocates mental health awareness, particularly depressive disorders and self-image, having struggled with such issues herself for years. Today, she is open about her experiences and strives to help others, particularly teens, who face mental health challenges. She previously teamed up with Samruddhi to produce a podcast on the suicide epidemic, and she is honored to have another platform to discuss mental wellness. Her other hobbies include theatre, dance, ukulele, knitting, and needlework.
Grace Richey is a writer for Compass Movement Inc. and mainly speaks about stress and anxiety. She is a friend of Samruddhi’s and runs her own blog, This Kind, That Kind. She runs cross country and track, as well as spending time working on art and hanging out with friends.
Roba Djalleta is an Ethiopian-American, who loves to read and write. You’ll always find him with an earbud in his ear listening to music. He aspires to be a professional writer in the near future.