Throughout the month of May, Sachem High School East acknowledged Mental Health Awareness Month and students and staff participated in several activities to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues and provide supports.
Mental health professionals visited several classes to introduce the various activities taking place across Sachem High School East. They engaged students in activities to promote positive mental health practices.
On May 18, more than 100 students signed a pledge to be “StigmaFree.” They promised to shift the barriers for those living with mental health conditions by encouraging acceptance and understanding and advocating for a better world. Additionally, a mental health awareness booth with several resources was set up for students to visit. Sachem East’s therapy dog Bailey was available for students to make a “feel-good” connection.
Members of the Art Honor Society submitted sketches of artwork to be painted in the building’s Room for PEACE — a designated room for students to go to decompress during the school day. Students, faculty and staff voted on the sketches and the sketch with the most votes will be painted on the back wall.
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