By Staff report, The Morning Journal
Lorain County Community College has a new partner in the fight to change the conversation on mental health, according to a news release.
Josh Ruminski, an 18-year-old high school senior at St. Martin De Porres High School in Cleveland, will speak at 10 a.m. April 28 at LCCC for the American Society for Suicide Prevention’s “Out of the Darkness” walk for suicide prevention.
Ruminski’s company, Happy Thoughts Candle Co., has products at Commodore Books and More on LCCC’s campus, 1005 N. Abbe Road in Elyria.
Each candle lists a national suicide prevention hotline and text line with 20 percent of the proceeds donated to suicide prevention charities.
“I want to show people there is a light in the world,” Ruminski said. “I want to show them they aren’t alone.”
The mission of Ruminski’s candle company is to help fight the stigma of mental illness and to promote suicide prevention.
Ruminski’s candles are handcrafted at his Cleveland home.
“I wanted to be part of the new concept of social entrepreneurship, tying a business to a social cause to gain profit for a cause,” he said.
Ruminski started his company in 2016 with the help of a $1,000 award after winning the Pitch St. Clair competition for Cleveland high school students.
Happy Thoughts Candle Co. is Commodore Books and More’s latest “Locally Focused” partner following Fresh Brewed Tees and GV Art and Design, according to the release.
The candles are available in more than 100 scents with numerous unique labels, each with a positive phrase meant to inspire calmness and happiness, the release said.
All of the candles are designed to invoke positive thoughts and promote mental well-being in addition to some designs having tie-ins to Ruminski’s own life and different “fun candles,” according to the release.
The candles are sold in about a dozen local shops.
“We are proud to bring another local partner to the college bookstore, especially one that is supporting a cause that’s so important to the community,” said Patty Clark, Commodore Books and More’s general manager.
Ruminski also works part time at a local restaurant and a bank.
In the future, he plans to raise awareness and help organize efforts to educate teachers in mental health first aid through his new campaign, the Hope Campaign, according to the release.
After high school, Ruminski plans to attend John Carroll University to pursue a double major in international business with language and culture and psychology, with plans to earn a doctorate in psychology.
For more information on the “Out of the Darkness” walk for suicide prevention, contact Debra DiCillo at 440-865-9387 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy Thoughts Candle Co. and Commodore Books and More can be found at www.happythoughtscandlesco.com and www.loraincc.edu/bookstore.