Today, for the first time since Charles left Cosby High School to go to a therapeutic boarding school, I went back to speak to a club of health science kids about mental illness, suicide and the high school program I have developed with teens to eliminate stigma. I was hit by a lot of emotion in the parking lot.
I so appreciated the opportunity to appeal to this generation not to carry forward the stigma of mental illness that blocks access to care and prevents many from reaching out for the help they need. After 7 years, this is the group that will inspire change. Thanks to Kerry Fretwell for my lovely semi colon project heart. It was nice to see Alex and her sister as well as other familiar faces.
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I would love to do what you do, with openly talking to teens about suicide, mental illness, the right to be able to share their struggles with their peers, etc.
I’m a substitute School Nurse, and feel I have helped some kids, on an one to one basis, but feel ready to do more, on a larger scale. Praying about how to do this, but don’t know how to go about it.
I’d appreciate any suggestions, training, or courses I would need to develop such a program. I would volunteer my time, if I could provide this service.
Thank you for all you do to help others. Jan Hall
You could volunteer for AFSP. Not that many programs for teens. They have a new film for college kids which would be appropriate for juniors and seniors. It’s good.
There is a program that rocks but it’s a lot to take on. I heard this one was excellent. I signed up for their newsletter. https://sourcesofstrength.org/
I do talk to teens and I have a social media program launching in about 2 weeks. The teens are working on a video now. This page is not yet complete but close enough. Empowering the teens to rid the world of stigma. http://umatterchallenge.com
St. Edward’s Church has asked me to do a program for teens so we are. Will let you know when we have a date.
I already volunteer, and raise money for AFSP. Our team name is CurT’s Cross. We do the walk in September, every year. Honestly, don’t know if I have the fortitude you have. I’ll continue what I’m doing at the schools, on a one to one basis. Thanks, Anne.
Good for you, Anne Moss. I know that had to be hard for you, but you did it. Lives will be saved!