Jocelyn Pedersen is an award-winning, AP-published, professional journalist with hundreds of published clips in various newspapers and magazines. A lover of the mystery and thriller, she eats popcorn while watching documentaries about serial killers and huddles under blankets on the couch while watching Criminal Minds with her friends and family.
She enjoys her kids, the beach, teaching writing at the University of Oklahoma, and being a former sheep farmer, considers herself a sheepie slipper aficionado. She has more animals than brains and wouldn’t have it any other way.
I am on the board of LifeMissions. It’s a non-profit based on accepting people where they are with love, compassion and empathy. Since we live in Norman, and I work at the university and our founder is a student at OU, we are connected to folks at OU. We have mentored students who were suicidal—helping them to find the help they need. We have talked to alcoholics who are not yet ready to become sober, but who need friends who continue to encourage them to seek help. We have taken home-schooled students under our wing and helped them adjust to life on a big campus, and we’ve helped a family struggling with a child’s mental health issues. Mental health issues are hard on the family, not just the person who is struggling.