Chris Georgas – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – On Thursday, Oct. 10, the LRHS auditorium played host to a landmark event in mental health awareness.
The event, called “Ending the Silence,” was a collaboration between the LRHS Psychology Club, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
The event’s goal was to emphasize the risk that teenagers face towards mental health problems and suicide and was focused at how parents and teachers can watch for warning signs to these issues.
LRHS has never held a mental health awareness event in its history.
The event consisted of a keynote presentation, speaker on mental illness, and a question and answer session with a panel of doctors.
Event attendee and LRHS senior Hayes Dujardin saw the event as valuable for the school community.
“Most of all, I think it was best for the parents to get more insight into how they can help their child,” said Dujardin.
The event’s organizers hope it leads to a growth in mental health awareness at LRHS.
“I could see many more events with even greater attendance coming in the future,” said Psychology Club adviser Heather Selens. “It was a good start to build mental health awareness right here in the school.”