HEROES presents Conant’s first Mental Health Awareness Fair
October 5-11 was National Mental Health Awareness Week, and to have Conant students learn more about mental health, Elizabeth Einig, a sophomore, and the H.E.R.O.E.S. (Helping Everyone Respect Others and Expect Safety) Club organized Conant’s first Mental Health Awareness Fair. H.E.R.O.E.S. estimated that about 600 students stopped by, and many more wore green in support of mental health.
The mission of H.E.R.O.E.S. is to promote prevention and awareness of bullying behaviors within the schools, as well as healthy and safe decision making. Both the CHS Student Services Department and HEROES Club agree that taking good care of one’s mental health is a part of healthy decision making. Remembering to take care of one’s emotional and mental well-being is equally as important as taking care of one’s physical well-being. Everyone experiences stress, and it is important to identify positive ways of management.
Einig said, “One out of five people will experience mental illness during a lifetime. That means that many students at Conant will deal with mental health concerns. Some face it right now.”
Felicia MacFarlane, school psychologist, mentioned, “One in four adults experiences mental illness in a given year, while approximately 20 percent of teens experience severe mental disorders in a given year.”
Some of the tables in the fair were informational, and some were interactive. They included: Stress Kit, Stop the Stigma, Recovery, Resources, and Survey.
From the surveys, students have said:
- “I’m so happy Conant is doing this.”
- “I think it’s really important to spread awareness and acceptance because it’s so much worse to feel isolated and struggle with mental illness alone.”
- “I learned a lot by stopping by for just a few minutes. Thank you!”
- “It was great to see the Green Out. It says a lot about our school!”
- “This is excellent. It’s really good to raise awareness about this cause.”