Abigail Hicks

Committees, Councils, Workgroups you serve on​: 

  • Children’s Mental Health Collective Impact (CMHCI) Executive Council
  • Access Workgroup

Why do you serve as a CIP? I serve as a CIP because I would like to use my experiences with mental illnesses to better serve the needs of children and adolescents. Looking at what needs to change and how we can make things easier and more streamlined. I am also very interested in how schools can help diagnose, treat, and educate those who exhibit symptoms.  

Why is it important? I believe if we start teaching skills to our children at a young age, they will be better able to cope with life.  

What is one personal goal? One personal goal I have related to myself is I would like to gain leadership skills while being a CIP. I would also like to empower myself by owning my experiences 

What is your number one goal for systems change? My number one goal for systems change would be implementing DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy), or other kinds of skills and tools as part of the regular education beginning in Pre-K or Kindergarten, that would continue all the way through children’s education ending the last year of high school.

Family: I have a twin sister, two older brothers, two dogs (a shi-tzu and an English yellow lab), and a mother and father.

Passions / Hobbies / Fun Facts: I am a huge reader. I love to read any subject but really enjoy nonfiction about society and new developments and findings in psychology, anything to do with kids, and education. I first competed in powerlifting my sophomore year in high school, and am currently working on getting back into lifting.  I have discovered that my mind and soul get stronger as my body does. I enjoy cooking, and watching movies as well.