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Oxbridge Student Starts New Organization

I sat down with Harrison Koeppel, a junior at Oxbridge, to talk about the new organization he is starting called Heroes Together.

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Walker Stewart: So Harrison, what is Heroes Together?

Harrison Koeppel: Heroes Together is a thought, which turned into a goal, which then built up a group of people and now is an organization. Our vision is to try to create a social media platform that can reach out to people before their symptoms of depression and PTSD become major issues that could lead to suicide.

WS: What motivated you to start this organization?

HK: What happened was that a year ago I lost a friend to suicide and after that I was in a rut. What drove me though was my desire to come up with a way to solve the problem that suicide is in our society so no one else has to go through what I went through. Suicide is such a big problem in modern American society that the World Health Organization actually estimates that by 2030, suicide will outpace war and cancer in deaths per year in the United States and veterans make up nearly 1 in 5 suicides in our country. My realization that the veteran community was suffering horribly from depression and PTSD that lead to suicide drove me to find a solution. I want to make a difference for these people, and my idea to prevent suicide was (and still is) to build an electronic platform that proactively reaches out to people in need.

WS: What is your vision for Heroes Together?

HK: My vision is to have something that you can download on your phone or computer that proactively reaches out to make sure that no one gets so depressed that they may attempt to take their own life.

WS: Is there a way for Oxbridge students to get involved in this organization?

HK: Anyone who wants to get involved can get involved, as I believe that everyone has skills that are useful and anyone who believes in our mission can contribute in their own way. Some kids are helping us make videos for fundraising, while others are helping us with the structure of the organization.

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