December 13 and January 6 we met with students at Fox Chapel High School to talk about mental illness and stigma. This is the first year Fox Chapel has participated in Stand Together. These students were full of great ideas of how to facilitate activities that would invite their peers to come together and foster warm acceptance in their school community. Students had been meeting for several weeks to start thinking about how to Stand Together against stigma and arrived at their trainings full of energy and ready to begin their work to educate, engage, and inform their peers of adults that could help them in their time of need.
Students were excited to share their experiences from Workshop 1 that brought them together with their peers. One idea that kept coming up is the idea that we are all more alike than we are different and that everyone deserves to be loved, accepted, and included. Students decided to select the Lemonade for Change and Truth Booth tool-kits for their events this year. The team found some great ways to reinvent and facilitate these projects, create a welcoming atmosphere, and emphasize the Stand Together goals in innovative plans. I can’t wait to see them in action!
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