Paige O'Neil

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Paige O’Neil, from Hampton, New Hampshire, will graduate in May 2023 with a bachelor of arts degree in communication and minors in Spanish and psychology. She is in the University Honors Program and is also a proud Hamel Scholar, specifically contributing her time to the Mental Health Awareness and Destigmatization Task Force. Paige completed research through the Research Experience Apprenticeship Program (REAP) at the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research. Though all of her work was conducted remotely, COVID-19 hardly impeded her ability to have a worthwhile experience and build new relationships. For Paige, this research project compelled her to be more welcoming of available opportunities. She also co-founded a nonprofit ministry called Down the Line, which positively impacts local action sports communities such as surfing, skateboarding, or skiing. Particularly, it reaches out to those struggling with mental health and substance abuse. Paige wishes to grow her network connections from Down the Line and dreams to pioneer action sports research in mental health, substance misuse, and lifestyle while travelling internationally. Paige embraces the idea of global collaboration as a way to dissolve mental health stigma in action sports and bring communities together.