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THE I KNOW LONELY PROJECT HARNESSES THE POWER OF STORIES, CULTIVATES EMPATHY & UNDERSTANDING, INSPIRES MEANINGFUL CONNECTIONS, AND HELPS PEOPLE FEEL LESS LONELY.

I KNOW LONELY PROJECT

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Weaving its way through our stories, loneliness is a shared human experience. These experiences form the narratives we share. And listening to the stories of others forms connection. Neuroscience has found that our brains are shaped by stories. Stories move us toward empathy. Stories connect us together. 

Stories remind us that we are not as alone as we may feel.

September

October

December

NOVEMBER

January

February

March

April

May

MEET our storytellers

Kealani Yamamoto

Mario Gonzalez

Vik Chopra

Mac & Hailey Potts

Danny Rigsby

Mariah Paz

Ethan Wall

Izzy Boring

Lyndsey Sprinkle

Mario Gonzalez

Hey! I’m Mario and I am currently a communications major in my sophomore year of college. A creative is who I am and I love photography, filmmaking, and documenting people and stories. Losing one of my parents at a young age has deeply impacted my life, but I have learned the importance of seeking help and mentorship. The relationships with people I look up to have made me who I am today!

story Themes:

Drugs, alcohol, grief, loss of parent, anxiety, depression, mentorship

view mario's story

KEA YAMAMOTO

My name is Kea! I own a creative arts business and love to run. I was a cross country runner in high school and college. Summer of my junior year in high school, I was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder. My dream is to one day get a degree in art therapy and use my creative talents to help others!

story Themes:

Bipolar disorder, friendship, in-patient treatment

view kea's story

MAC & HAILEY POTTS

We are Mac and Hailey Potts! We both grew up as musicians and music connected us. We ended up getting married and now we both do music full time. Mac is a blind recording artist and Hailey is a music teacher. We started a family with two kids (and one on the way), but we still love to connect with each other and others through music!

story Themes:

Physical disability, fitting in, interests and hobbies

VIK CHOPRA

My name is Vik! I am a gay and formerly incarcerated film-maker. I believe that connection is essential for grounding into our true, authentic selves. There was a time in the not so distant past that I almost lost my life to addiction. But today, my life is a blessing, as I am deeply connected with some of the most amazing people who inspire me and make me...me!

story Themes:

Drinking, drugs, addiction, homelessness, illegal acts, suicide

Danny Rigsby

My name is Danny. Ever since I was a little kid, I have played basketball and I currently play basketball in college. From the outside, I sometimes looked like I had it all together, but there have been plenty of times I felt lonely. Everyone at times is lonely. But you have to reach out to people you trust and they will give you support. Life is a marathon and you have to keep on running until the end.

story Themes:

Adoption, Race, Racism, Injuries, Suicide, Making someone proud

Mariah Paz

I am Mariah! I am a high school junior and used to be a mean girl. Since then, I have learned to see people for who they really are and build relationships with them. I have experienced some difficult times in my life, but finding connection with others has helped me through those hard times. I love wrestling for school. And I enjoy connecting with my community while working at my Aunt’s coffee shop! 

story Themes:

Bullying, suicide, abuse, fitting in, runaway

Ethan wall

Hey! My name is Ethan! I love to play music and sports. I’m currently pursuing a college degree in music. I have learned to not judge a book by its cover and to connect with people that are outside my normal friendship circles. Every single person matters and has a purpose!

story Themes:

Loneliness, isolation, physical health challenges, mental health challenges, depression

Izzy Boring

Hello! I’m Izzy! I am a recent high school graduate and basketball player. A hard piece of my story has been losing my boyfriend to suicide during my senior year, but through that I have learned to connect with people supporting me. I have learned that it is okay to not be okay and it is okay to be vulnerable! 

story Themes:

Loneliness, suicide, mental health, religion, faith, cancer, incarceration, grief

LYNDSEY SPRINKLE

Hey! I am Lyndsey. I am a recovery addict and ex-convict. I have gone from a life of active addiction, a prison sense, ego and pride to a life of recovery, redemption, and a fulfilling career. I enjoy traveling throughout the states and sharing my experience, strength and hope to show individuals anything is possible if you reach out and connect with those around you. 

story Themes:

Loneliness, physical injury, isolation, drugs and substance abuse, incarceration, recovery

September

October

December

November

January

February

march

april

may

MEET our storytellers

Meet Mario Gonzalez. He is a creative who loves photography, filmmaking, and documenting people and stories. Losing one of his parents at a young age deeply impacted his life, but he has learned the importance of seeking out community and mentorship. Now as a first generation high school graduate and a senior in college, Mario reflects on the decisions— and more importantly, the people— that shaped him into who he is today.

october's story:

mario gonzalez

story Themes:

Drugs & alcohol use, grief, loss of parent, anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation

Kealani Yamamoto

Mario Gonzalez

Vik Chopra

Mac & Hailey Potts

Danny Rigsby

Mariah Paz

Ethan Wall

Izzy Boring

Lyndsey Sprinkle

view mario's story

KEA YAMAMOTO

My name is Kea! I own a creative arts business and love to run. I was a cross country runner in high school and college. Summer of my junior year in high school, I was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder. My dream is to one day get a degree in art therapy and use my creative talents to help others!

story Themes:

Bipolar disorder, friendship, in-patient treatment

Kealani Yamamoto

Mario Gonzalez

Vik Chopra

Mac & Hailey Potts

Danny Rigsby

Mariah Paz

Ethan Wall

Izzy Boring

Lyndsey Sprinkle

Mario Gonzalez

Meet Mario Gonzalez. Mario is a communications major in college. He is a creative who loves photography, filmmaking, and documenting people and stories. Losing one of his parents at a young age deeply impacted his life, but he has learned the importance of seeking help and mentorship. The relationships with people he looks up to have made him who he is today.

story Themes:

Drugs, alcohol, grief, loss of parent, anxiety, depression, mentorship

Kealani Yamamoto

Mario Gonzalez

Vik Chopra

Mac & Hailey Potts

Danny Rigsby

Mariah Paz

Ethan Wall

Izzy Boring

Lyndsey Sprinkle

MAC & HAILEY POTTS

We are Mac and Hailey Potts! We both grew up as musicians and music connected us. We ended up getting married and now we both do music full time. Mac is a blind recording artist and Hailey is a music teacher. We started a family with two kids (and one on the way), but we still love to connect with each other and others through music!

story Themes:

Physical disability, fitting in, interests and hobbies

Kealani Yamamoto

Mario Gonzalez

Vik Chopra

Mac & Hailey Potts

Danny Rigsby

Mariah Paz

Ethan Wall

Izzy Boring

Lyndsey Sprinkle

VIK CHOPRA

My name is Vik! I am a gay and formerly incarcerated film-maker. I believe that connection is essential for grounding into our true, authentic selves. There was a time in the not so distant past that I almost lost my life to addiction. But today, my life is a blessing, as I am deeply connected with some of the most amazing people who inspire me and make me...me!

story Themes:

Drinking, drugs, addiction, homelessness, illegal acts, suicide

Kealani Yamamoto

Mario Gonzalez

Vik Chopra

Mac & Hailey Potts

Danny Rigsby

Mariah Paz

Ethan Wall

Izzy Boring

Lyndsey Sprinkle

Danny Rigsby

My name is Danny Rigsby. Ever since I was a little kid, I have played basketball and I currently play basketball in college. From the outside, I sometimes looked like I had it all together, but there have been plenty of times I felt lonely. Everyone at times is lonely. But you have to reach out to people you trust and they will give you support. Life is a marathon and you have to keep on running until the end.

story Themes:

Adoption, Race, Racism, Injuries, Suicide, Making someone proud

Kealani Yamamoto

Mario Gonzalez

Vik Chopra

Mac & Hailey Potts

Danny Rigsby

Mariah Paz

Ethan Wall

Izzy Boring

Lyndsey Sprinkle

Mariah Paz

I am Mariah! I am a high school junior and used to be a mean girl. Since then, I have learned to see people for who they really are and build relationships with them. I have experienced some difficult times in my life, but finding connection with others has helped me through those hard times. I love wrestling for school. And I enjoy connecting with my community while working at my Aunt’s coffee shop! 

story Themes:

Bullying, suicide, abuse, fitting in, runaway

Kealani Yamamoto

Mario Gonzalez

Vik Chopra

Mac & Hailey Potts

Danny Rigsby

Mariah Paz

Ethan Wall

Izzy Boring

Lyndsey Sprinkle

Ethan wall

Hey! My name is Ethan! I love to play music and sports. I’m currently pursuing a college degree in music. I have learned to not judge a book by its cover and to connect with people that are outside my normal friendship circles. Every single person matters and has a purpose!

story Themes:

Loneliness, isolation, physical health challenges, mental health challenges, depression

Kealani Yamamoto

Mario Gonzalez

Vik Chopra

Mac & Hailey Potts

Danny Rigsby

Mariah Paz

Ethan Wall

Izzy Boring

Lyndsey Sprinkle

Izzy Boring

Hello! I’m Izzy! I am a recent high school graduate and basketball player. A hard piece of my story has been losing my boyfriend to suicide during my senior year, but through that I have learned to connect with people supporting me. I have learned that it is okay to not be okay and it is okay to be vulnerable! 

story Themes:

Loneliness, suicide, mental health, religion, faith, cancer, incarceration, grief

Kealani Yamamoto

Mario Gonzalez

Vik Chopra

Mac & Hailey Potts

Danny Rigsby

Mariah Paz

Ethan Wall

Izzy Boring

Lyndsey Sprinkle

LYNDSEY SPRINKLE

Hey! I am Lyndsey. I am a recovery addict and ex-convict. I have gone from a life of active addiction, a prison sense, ego and pride to a life of recovery, redemption, and a fulfilling career. I enjoy traveling throughout the states and sharing my experience, strength and hope to show individuals anything is possible if you reach out and connect with those around you. 

story Themes:

Loneliness, physical injury, isolation, drugs and substance abuse, incarceration, recovery

Kealani Yamamoto

Mario Gonzalez

Vik Chopra

Mac & Hailey Potts

Danny Rigsby

Mariah Paz

Ethan Wall

Izzy Boring

Lyndsey Sprinkle

As part of the I Know Lonely Project, we release a monthly podcast featuring a candid conversation with each storyteller along with a bonus episode from a special guest. Hosted by executive director, Luke Wall.

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Meet Mario Gonzalez, as he shares his story as a part of the I KNOW LONELY Project. If you have followed along with Only7Seconds over the past 2 years, Mario is probably a familiar face. From SHARE Day videos, to film production, photography, and content creation, to having an internship with us this summer, he has been an integral part of creating Only7Seconds what it is today.

Mario’s Story: I Know Lonely Project

October 1, 2022

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Mario Gonzalez was born in Mexico and moved with his family to the United States when he was three. Up until first grade, Mario lived in California. “My first memory is living in California as a four year old, so the United States is all I’ve known. My parents were immigrant workers, so everywhere that there was work, we were there.”

Mario’s Story: being raised by a village, depression & anxiety, and the power of only 7 seconds

October 1, 2022

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We know it takes courage to share about the life experiences you've walked through, especially the ones that are marked with difficulty and loneliness. Thank you for trusting us with your story. It matters, because you matter.

Thank you for bravely sharing your story with us.

Throughout each of our lives, we have all experienced trials, heartbreak, success and victories. One of the most powerful tools we posses is the ability to connect with others by sharing our experiences. We believe every person has a story that is worthy of being told. So here's your chance- what's your story?

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