On the evening on June 5th, Tina Huey, Kathy Lindner ,Darryl Hilliard, Annetta Miller, Susan & Lindsay Irvine and Jan and Don Hoyle attended a program at E.O. Smith High School. Students facilitated small group discussions on mental health and wellness. The students face challenges of very busy schedules of academic and sports and pressures to seek college admissions. They were seeking ideas to balance their lives and stresses amid the turmoil in today’s highly technological environment. Parents and community members were present to offer suggestions.
Church attendance and spiritual guidance was discussed in our small group. Other ideas mentioned were moving the school starting time later than 7:30, more sleep, choosing less activities, etc. The students took notes and will be coordinating ideas.
Contacts were made with the principal and teachers who are interested in bringing the Sandy Hook Promise program, See Something Say Something, to the school. This program helps identify warning signs of possible mental health issues before tragedy might happen. The Just Peace gun violence prevention team is working to facilitate arranging this program.
Just Peace Team