Latest song by Common ft. Alessia Cara and Khalid--the title of the song is the 800 number for the National Suicide Lifeline...
Today we hosted our guest speakers from NAMI--the National Alliance of Mental Illness--with their Ending the Silence presentation. There are many stigmas about mental illness, yet 1 in 4 people suffer from various forms, and many go undiagnosed and untreated.
Suicide is the #2 leading cause of death of adolescents between the age 10 and 24. This is a staggering thought when we look around--many of these deaths could have been prevented. Some people think that mental illness consists of simply schizophrenia and more severe cases--whereas we also need to realize it includes ADD/ADHD, anxiety, eating disorders, etc. as well.
So what can you do? Take a look at the warning signs, and find out how you can help (yourself or a loved on).
You can also visit www.nami.org or text "Help" to 741741
We begin our next unit that will be covering various aspects and elements of mental and emotional health by first examining the student's own self-esteem, personality and character. One of the assignments has them visiting the Character Counts! website ( https://charactercounts.org/program-overview/six-pillars/) to really look deeper at what each of the Six Pillars of Character mean. Too often, we find that for a variety of reasons these pillars of character may be blurred (such as the different behaviors displayed online versus in-person)--and I hope to at least call to attention the importance of each both within themselves and those around them.
Many of the upcoming assignments and projects in the next couple of weeks are great to do together at home, open up the lines of communication, and really explore everyone's individual health as a family team.
Monday, January 8th--Return to School
Monday, January 15th--No School
Wednesday, January 31st--Refuse to Use Project Due
(Updated: due Friday February 2nd)
I am a Health Education major from the University of Florida, with background experience in adult education working with our local hospital for women and babies. A mother of three with a deeply rooted commitment to my students. I strive to promote healthy lifestyles and awareness.