We can’t believe summer is halfway over and before we know it, Stand Together will begin again! We’re still catching up on blogs and this week, we’re featuring the Environmental Charter School. ECS has been in the program for several years. Their students are always creative, enthusiastic, and passionate and find it easy to reach out their peers to enact change in their school.
They started their projects off with a presentation of facts about mental illness and stigma. They addressed some of the myths surrounding mental illness and introduced their classmates to Stand Together.
Since their project was implement in the colder months, ECS’s had a hot chocolate stand to entice the other students to learn about mental and substance use disorders. Each cup had a fact or important phrase they wanted their peers to know. These included things like:
1 in 4 people will be affected by mental illness.
It’s okay to not be okay.
To help friends, think SHE: support, hope, encourage.
In addition, 1 in 4 cups were labelled in green to signify the prevalence of mental and substance use disorders. The students also created and displayed ‘table tents’ in the cafeteria so that students could learn more.
Their advisors were impressed with the relationships the students developed within their group and how comfortable the group was starting this difficult conversation with their peers. Team members also noticed that students were more open to talking about mental illness, ask questions, and share their stories.
We can’t wait to have ECS back next year for more fun and fellowship and-most importantly-less stigma.
Written by Danyelle, Project Coordinator
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