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About the Organization 

Life Is Worth It was founded in 2020 by Suicide Survivor and Mental Health Advocate Emma White. During a worldwide pandemic, it could have been the best or the worst time to launch an organization. Emma quickly realized it was the best time, as millions of young people across the country have been struggling with their mental health for years and want to learn how to help themselves and others. Life Is Worth It produces and provides workshops, readings, videos and curriculum to educate youth and their communities on total life health and wellness to prevent suicide. The organization is governed by advocates and experts who have a shared passion to change the mental health conversations and education in communities. We believe health and wellness is interconnected by physical, emotional, digital, and mental health and with the proper education, conversations, life skills and coping techniques, we can prevent youth suicide. 

Mission 

To produce and provide educational workshops, readings, videos and curriculums for young adults and their communities on total life wellness to prevent suicide. 

Vision

To educate and promote total life wellness amongst youth populations and their communities to prevent suicide across the entire lifespan.

Values

We seek to connect and inspire communities to prioritize their mental and physical health. We aspire to excel in all that we do, conducting all aspects of our work with integrity, respect, support, and empathy for diverse populations, communities, and stories. We aim to reduce stigma and provide safe places for people to learn and seek support.

Founder, President 

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Emma White, President & Founder 

Emma White developed suicidal depression at the age of 15 due to bullying and harassment at school and on social media. With family, friends and professional help, Emma overcame her struggles and lives to tell her story to help encourage others that life is worth the heartbreaks, uncertainty and struggles- that ultimately, life is worth it. By sharing her story and self-help guide, Emma proves that fighting for your life amidst the pain won't always be easy, but will be worth it.

A few of Emma's Recent Accomplishments Include: 

  • Reno/Tahoe Young Professional's Network 20 Under 40 Winner

  • Washoe County Youth Mental Health Summit Panelist 

  • Ted x Reno 2022 Speaker 

  • Finalist, Influential Women of Northern Nevada 2021 

  • Jersey Mike's 2021 Sub Abover Grant Winner

  • Keynote speaker for 'Dodge for a Cause' Prevention Event 

  • NASC (Nevada Association for Student Council) 'Let's Talk' YouTube Series 

  • #ICanHelp Mental Health Panel 

  • Keynote speaker for Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention Annual Walk 

  • Washoe County School District Virtual Town Hall 

  • Hope Means Nevada Mental Wellness for Educators 

  • KTVN Channel 2 Someone 2 Know  

  • Southern NASC Mental Wellness Workshop Presenter 

 

 

 

 

 

Interested in hiring Emma to speak at your event? Send a message below to discuss availability and pricing! 

Meet our Board of Directors 

Rollins Stallworth
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Rollins Stallworth recognized the need to prevent suicide and destigmatize mental health, especially within our male youth and athlete populations. He has lost several friends and family to suicide. While competing as a two sport athlete at Stanford, Rollins earned two degrees, represented student- athlete's rights nationwide on the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics and was 1 of 10 Stanford students selected to participate in an exclusive roundtable discussion with former President Barack Obama. Since graduating, Rollins regularly engages with students, professional athletes, business leaders and influencers to positively impact his community and expand the conversation on mental health. Rollins is also an Early Stage Tech Investor at Nava Ventures.

Rollins Stallworth, Board Chair

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Reid Lunceford is a Manager in Ernst & Young’s Assurance practice, where he serves a wide variety of both public and private clients. Reid obtained his Bachelor's in Accounting from the University of Arizona and his Masters of Accounting from the University of Nevada, Reno and currently is a licensed C.P.A. in the state of Arizona. In his spare time, Reid enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors with his wife and dog.

Reid Lunceford, Board Treasurer

Elise Viera
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Elise Vierra (she/hers) graduated from Stanford University, where she earned her BA and MA in Communication and played DI field hockey. During her sophomore year, she was diagnosed with and later hospitalized for depression, and experienced the loss of her best friend to suicide. Elise's work after graduation remains deeply tied to these experiences: most recently at a digital therapeutics company, where she lead content design and development for the first digital treatment for adolescent depression as the Chief Creative Officer. She looks forward to advancing the Life Is Worth It mission by joining the board as Compliance Officer. 

Elise Vierra, Compliance Officer

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Angela White is a marketing and advertising professional with more than 25 years experience. She began her career as the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the American Gem Society, a North American trade association. She also served as Alumni Program Manager for the University of Nevada Reno and held the position of Director of Marketing and Communications for the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County. Most recently, she retired as the CEO of the Reno Philharmonic. Angela is looking forward to add her expertise to this important mission. 

Angela White, Director of Events & Marketing

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With a B.A. in Journalism from the Reynolds School of Journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno Melissa is the Event Coordinator for The Great Reno Balloon Race and works part-time with STEP2 as their Marketing Associate. Melissa enjoys serving as the President of the Nevada Young Alumni Chapter, where she raises scholarship funds for students, and also helps young Nevada alumni feel connected to their alma mater. Melissa has a passion for events, live music and fitness. In her free time, you can find her at Camie Cragg Fitness, sitting in a coffee shop or heading to her next community event.

Melissa Ung, Board Secretary

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