Taylor Wesley, of Dunwoody, is using her Auburn University Miss Homecoming 2015 title to advocate for mental health.
The campaign for Miss Homecoming is an opportunity for candidates to raise awareness for a cause. Wesley, a 2012 Wesleyan School graduate, has long been an advocate for mental wellness. When it came time to pick a platform, she created Spreading Wellness with Wesley.
During the beginning of college, Wesley said she struggled with mental health. It wasn’t until she finally reached out for help that she realized she was not alone, she said.
Statistically, 1 in 4 students at Auburn struggle with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and eating disorders.
Wesley said 300 students were on the student counseling waiting list this past year. Additionally, Health Promotion and Wellness Services provides funding to various clubs and support groups.
Wesley is now raising money through a Go Fund Me campaign to help support these resources so more students can get the help they need.