Raising Awareness About Student Mental Health

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The month of May is dedicated to raising awareness about mental health and Contact Community Services along with the Teen Institute are doing their part to educate teens about suicide prevention.

Through Positive messaging, teens from schools across the county will be exposed to different materials all week long as a way to help those know that there is someone to talk.

Cheryl Giarrusso is the Director of Crisis Intervention Services as Contact and says that there’s no such thing as enough conversation when it comes to mental health.

“The more we can talk about mental health, suicide prevention awareness, the more lives we can save,” Cheryl said. “It’s a topic that bears repeating as many times as we can.”

A number of Central New York High Schools are taking part in the week long program. Some of the daily events include placement of messages throughout the schools to diminish the stigma associated with suicide and mental health. Students will also take part in a ‘locker drop’ with a goal to offer hope and inspiration and let them know that there is somewhere for them to turn if need be.

The month of May is dedicated to raising awareness about mental health and Contact Community Services along with the Teen Institute are doing their part to educate teens about suicide prevention.

Through Positive messaging, teens from schools across the county will be exposed to different materials all week long as a way to help those know that there is someone to talk.

Cheryl Giarrusso is the Director of Crisis Intervention Services as Contact and says that there’s no such thing as enough conversation when it comes to mental health.

“The more we can talk about mental health, suicide prevention awareness, the more lives we can save,” Cheryl said. “It’s a topic that bears repeating as many times as we can.”

A number of Central New York High Schools are taking part in the week long program. Some of the daily events include placement of messages throughout the schools to diminish the stigma associated with suicide and mental health. Students will also take part in a ‘locker drop’ with a goal to offer hope and inspiration and let them know that there is somewhere for them to turn if need be.

Teen Institute Program Coordinator Nicole Rookey said that the students involved in the week-long initiative are excited to take part and help their peers.

“The young people were so eager to get these tool kits and work with contact because it’s an issue that they wanted to have more purposeful and meaningful conversations and take action on.” Nicole said.

To learn more about the work that Contact and the Teen Institute are doing to raise awareness about suicide prevention visit ContactSyracuse.org

Teen Institute Program Coordinator Nicole Rookey said that the students involved in the week-long initiative are excited to take part and help their peers.

“The young people were so eager to get these tool kits and work with contact because it’s an issue that they wanted to have more purposeful and meaningful conversations and take action on.” Nicole said.

To learn more about the work that Contact and the Teen Institute are doing to raise awareness about suicide prevention visit ContactSyracuse.org

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