Mental Heath Awareness

Brook Klema, Author

Mrs. Hansen’s health science class created lanterns to illustrate the struggles of mental health. (Chloe Hale)

Mental illness is a serious condition that affects many people around the world. What is mental health? Mental health refers to a person’s condition with regard to their psychological and emotional well-being.

In October, the health science clinical students reviewed a unit on mental health looking at different diseases that can affect patients. In addition, HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) a club for students that are interested in medical field, participated in mental health awareness activities. Both of these groups participated in a mental health awareness week.

“Mental health is just as important as physical health and should be talked about just as openly,” health science teacher Sara Hansen said. “I believe that mental health week can help raise awareness about how many people are affected by mental illness and make those affected not to feel alone.”

The mental health awareness week was Oct. 12-16. Outside of the health science room in Blue 2, there are paper lanterns hung on the wall to show are respect and care for students and even teachers that might suffer from mental illness. Below are a list of the dress-up days that students participated in.

  • Tuesday- Where your comfiest sweatpants/leggings
  • Wednesday – Where neon to brighten someone day
  • Thursday- Where your favorite thrifted clothes
  • Friday – Where green to support Mental Health Awareness

If you are interested in joining HOSA or want more information about mental health issues, please contact Mrs. Hansen.