September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and our philanthropic partner, the Amazing Day Foundation, aims to enlist the help of volunteers and educational institutions to help students effectively deal with depression, encouraging them to choose life when it may seem like death is the only option.
As many of you may know, Sean Feliciano (UC Santa Barbara ’09) was a brother of Alpha-Omicron Chapter. He is remembered by his friends and family for his infectious smile and a friendly, easy-going demeanor that instantly charmed everyone he met.
Even though most of us have very little personal connection to Sean or his family, Sean still has a tremendous impact on our Chapter every day. His story reminds us that everybody is going through different struggles in their life, and truly shows the importance of having a group of brothers at your back to love and support you through all your hardships. Sean was an exemplary brother who cared deeply about those around him. We strive to emulate Sean’s commitment to his friends and hope that our compassion to those around us might have half the effect that Sean’s did to everyone who met him.
His passing really puts things into perspective and reminds us to cherish each and every day that we have with our brothers, and not to take anything for granted. While he may not be here with us today, his spirit lives on through his friends and family and our Chapter honors his memory every year with our work for the Amazing Day Foundation.
Sean left a bigger impact on our Chapter than any of us ever could, and we hope that through our actions and deeds we may honor his legacy for years to come. Sean knew what it meant to be a brother of Sigma Pi, and his memory is something dear to our Chapter that will not soon be forgotten.
To conclude, thank you all for taking the time to read this and I hope it serves to communicate even a fraction of what Sean means to Alpha-Omicron. Cherish the time you have with your brothers and in the words of Sean, “Have an amazing day.”
The Brothers of Alpha-Omicron Chapter at UC Santa Barbara
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK(1-800-273-8255)
Teen Suicide Hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE(1-800-784-2433)
Veteran’s Crisis Line: 1-800-799-4889 http://www.veteranscrisisline.net
Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746
The Steve Fund (Persons of Color) Text STEVE to 741741
The Trevor Lifeline (LGBTQ) now at 866-488-7386
Trans* Lifeline – 877-565-8860
Deaf and Hard of Hearing TTY: 1-800-799-4889 (same as Veteran’s Crisis Line)
Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio: 1-888-628-9454
Naseeha Muslim Youth Helpline: 1.866 Naseeha