Instead of the routine courses of mathematics, science, English, History, Art, and, Bible, the Seattle Lutheran students took the entire day of Thursday, April 20th to learn about mental health. Did you know that one in four families will be impacted by mental illness? With this staggering statistic in mind, Mr. Tim Caudle went forward setting up and planning SLHS’s first mental health day. Several guest speakers shared their close hand experiences with those who have suffered from mental illnesses. Students and teachers spent time learning about different forms and the symptoms associated with mental illnesses such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, and schizophrenia. The SLHS community also learned how to help, what to do, and where to go in order to help with early detection of mental illness. The goal of the day was to break down the stigma of mental illness and start talking about the issue.
The students were given the opportunity to go to breakout sessions where they learned techniques, practices, and strategies to help each individual maintain and improve their mental health. These sessions included progressive relaxation, meditation, prayer, exercise, yoga, and other techniques to help them cope with stress. At the closing session, SLHS learned where to go for help, how to give it, and how to connect people to those resources. A special thank you is in order for our guest speakers from the Jordan Binion project, Todd and Laura Crooks, and Jenna Powers. Please click on the links below for more information and ways to support mental health in our communities.