Peabody's Kiricoples raising money for Mental Health America

Peabody's Kiricoples raising money for Mental Health America

Some student athletes who were stripped of a spring sports season due to coronavirus are using the extra free time to catch up on their favorite Netflix series, dive into a good book, or try their hand in the kitchen. Others are keeping busy by hitting the weights, playing online video games with their friends or enjoying daily nature walks. Whatever the case may be and no matter how many things you fill your schedule with, adjusting to social distancing has proven to be both challenging and frustrating for everyone. For those who battle mental health issues, all that time spent indoors and in isolation only makes matters worse. In recognition of May’s Mental Health Awareness month, Peabody’s Amber Kiricoples has made it her duty to help those who may be struggling more than ever right now. Is she watching TV and exercising like many other girls her age? Sure. But for the past month, spreading awareness for a cause that hits close to home has jumped to the forefront for Kiricoples — and so far, she’s far exceeded even her own expectations. “Mental health is something very near and dear to my health, something that runs in my family, and it just came to a point where I felt I needed to act on it,” said Kiricoples, a three-sport standout at Peabody High who started a fundraising web page for Mental Health America. At first she hoped to raise a few hundred dollars, but the donations kept coming in and now she ...
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