Students get the chance to speak on mental health

Students get the chance to speak on mental health

This past Tuesday students had the opportunity to meet in the library after school to speak on hard to talk about issue, mental health. The event was properly called ‘Mental Health Speaks’ and its goal was to help shed light on mental problems that students might be going through like stress, peer pressure and depression. There were snacks for anyone that wanted to go and a warm welcoming feeling.

After a discussion from a guest speaker the students were given the chance to go up and speak about their own experiences with their mental health. Some students talked about how the stress of homework can, or failing grades, can lead to worse problems later on. While others spoke about how they got through depressed states whether through medication or having a support system.

“I’m really happy with how it went” junior Santie McKenzie said, who put the event together. “I was really happy with the turn out, more specifically the big variety of people that came.”

Along with this being an open mic event there was also more private discussion available for those that were too shy to go up front. The events main goal after all was to help people deal with their problems not force them to overextend themselves. Students that stumbled or forgot what to say weren’t rushed or told to let the next person go, but rather to take as long as they need.

“It makes you think more about mental health then you usually would” freshmen Spencer Hiller said. “Some of the speeches just hit you different and made you see just how big a problem this is.”

Giving teens the chance to talk about their problems was the goal of the meeting and it achieved that. It helped shine a light on the ugly scar in society that is how we treat mental health. It’s not something that can just be swept under the rug or ignored till it goes away.

“I think there are good systems in place to help students, but i feel like from student to student there needs to be more freedom of being able to express yourself and open ideas surrounding mental health.” McKenzie said.