Alexis Schaffer struggled with depression for most of her life, being diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD) from a young age. In high school, she was introduced to a psychology class and developed a deep interested in studying human behavior. During her senior year, she met her sweetheart and was instantly swept off her feet. They continued dating as she worked her way towards an undergraduate degree in psychology. But, just a year after graduating, the love of her life tragically died by hanging. Alexis couldn’t cope well with the grief and threw herself into total isolation before being hospitalized for suicidal ideation. There, she got the help she needed and started on the long road to finding happiness again. After leaving the facility, she decided to go back to school to be a mental health nurse so she could help others who were in the same situation. After tedious science classes and graduating with an associated in nursing, she was finally a registered nurse. It was only after a brief period of work that she discovered many other young adults also knew someone who had taken their lives. Sad, but determined, she began working exclusively with college-aged students experiencing depression or grief. She’s very fortunate to have helped hundreds of young people cope with disaster, stress, anxiety, and grief. Today, she writes mental health articles to spread information about coping with grief and depression while continuing to work with young adults who score high on suicidal ideation and depression indicators.